Frank Churchill

Frank Churchill

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Frank Churchill (October 20, 1901 in Rumford, Maine - May 14, 1942 in Newhall, California) was a U.S. composer of popular music for films. He wrote most of the music for Disney's 1937 movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including "Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come". The latter (without the Larry Morey lyrics) became a jazz standard covered by various jazz greats including Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck.

Churchill began his career playing piano in cinemas at the age of 15. After dropping out of medical studies at UCLA to pursue a career in music, he became accompanist at the Los Angeles radio station KNX (AM) in 1924.

He joined Disney studios in 1930, and scored many animated shorts - his song for The Three Little Pigs, Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf, was a huge commercial success.

In 1937, he was chosen to score Disney's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. His catchy, artfully written songs played a large part in the film's initial success and continuing popularity.

He became supervisor of music at Disney, and in 1942 won Oscar nominations for his work on Dumbo and Bambi.

Frank Churchill committed suicide on May 14, 1942.
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Frank Churchill Discography

Albums

WDL-4013 Ned Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace Ned Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace - Walt Disney's Dumbo(LP) Disneyland WDL-4013 US 1957 Sell This Version
Ned Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace Ned Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace - Walt Disney's Dumbo Disneyland US 1963 Sell This Version
390622 Dany Robin, Claude Nollier, Sylvine Delannoy, Larry Morey, Frank Churchill Dany Robin, Claude Nollier, Sylvine Delannoy, Larry Morey, Frank Churchill - Blanche-Neige et les sept nains(LP, Album, Boo) Walt Disney Music Of Canada Limited 390622 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
ST 4904 Frank Churchill, Walt Disney, Oliver Wallace Frank Churchill, Walt Disney, Oliver Wallace - Dambo(LP) PGP RTB ST 4904 Yugoslavia 1969 Sell This Version
L. Morey*, F. Churchill*, Devilli L. Morey*, F. Churchill*, Devilli - Biancaneve E I Sette Nani (Album) Disneyland Italy 1970 Sell This Version
634096 Frank Churchill Dumbo(CD, Album) Walt Disney Records 634096 UK 2006 Sell This Version
0927-44362-2 Oliver Wallace, Frank Churchill, Bobby Driscoll Oliver Wallace, Frank Churchill, Bobby Driscoll - Peter Pan(CD, Album) Walt Disney Productions 0927-44362-2 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
3 51031 2 Oliver Wallace, Frank Churchill, Bobby Driscoll Oliver Wallace, Frank Churchill, Bobby Driscoll - Peter Pan(CD, Album) Walt Disney Productions 3 51031 2 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
E 65 008 L. Morey*, F. Churchill* - Petra Krause L. Morey*, F. Churchill* - Petra Krause - Walt Disney's Bambi Nach Dem Film-Welterfolg(10", MiniAlbum) Electrola E 65 008 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
dq-1201 Frank Churchill Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(LP) Walt Disney Records dq-1201 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

VS 615 F Ned Washington / Frank Churchill / Oliver Wallace Ned Washington / Frank Churchill / Oliver Wallace - Walt Disney Présente Dumbo(7", EP, RE) Buena Vista Records VS 615 F France 1970 Sell This Version
7 EGF 135 Frank Churchill Histoire De "Blanche-Neige Et Les Sept Nains"(7", Single) La Voix De Son Maître 7 EGF 135 France Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

C 22 M 152 Churchill*, L. Sauvat* Churchill*, L. Sauvat* - Peter Pan(Flexi, 6", Shape, S/Sided, Pic, Pos) Phonoscope (2) C 22 M 152 France Unknown Sell This Version
C 28 - M 158 Churchill*, Valaire* & Valmy* Churchill*, Valaire* & Valmy* - Les Trois Petits Cochons(Flexi, 6", Shape, S/Sided, Pic, Pos) Phonoscope (2) C 28 - M 158 France Unknown Sell This Version
C 23 M 153 Churchill*, L. Sauvat* Churchill*, L. Sauvat* - Les Sept Nains Travaillant(Flexi, 6", Shape, S/Sided, Pic, pos) Phonoscope (2) C 23 M 153 France Unknown Sell This Version