Harold Wheeler - age: 78

Harold Wheeler

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ABOUT

Musical director on popular talent competition "Dancing with the Stars." He was the second African American to conduct the Oscars. He worked as musical director for Burt Bacharach, becoming the first African American musical director for a major pop artist.He was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in 2003 for his work on "Hairspray" and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the NAACP Theatre Awards in 2008.He, John Williams, and Paul Shaffer conducted the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremonies.

BEFORE FAME

He was first hired as a music arranger on "Don't Play Us Cheap" in 1973. He also arranged for Tony Orlando and Nina Simone.

PERSONAL LIFE

He married Broadway actress Hattie Winston.

The meaning of the name Wheeler: Wheel Maker

FUN FACTS

Composer Harold Wheeler were born on Wednesday, birthstone is Ruby, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Goat, it is 189 days until Harold Wheeler next birthday.

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