British-born American songwriter, composer, arranger, and orchestra leader. His most famous compositions were "The Stripper", "Holiday for Strings", and "Calypso Melody". His early 1040's radio series “From out of the west to you,” California Melodies with singer Maxine Gray featured many of his familiar compositions as well as lush arrangements of standards originated at Hollywood station KHJ for the Mutual Network. David Rose is best known for his exotica, space age and cocktail hour recordings. His 1944 hit composition, “Holiday of Strings,” went on to become the theme song for Red Skelton shows for wich he was music director. He also wrote music for the television series Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven and Bonanza. He was married briefly to actress-singers Martha Raye and Judy Garland. Rose was a live steam hobbyist, with his own backyard railroad. Rose died in Burbank, California at the age of 80 and was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California.
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