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 George Duning

George Duning

Birth
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Death 27 Feb 2000 (aged 92)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 124622603 · View Source
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George William Duning was a musician, a performer, arranger, composer, motion picture and television scorer and music supervisor. His movie scoring earned him five Academy Award nominations:
• 1949 Jolson Sings Again *
• 1950 No Sad Songs for Me
• 1953 From Here to Eternity *
• 1955 Picnic
• 1956 The Eddy Duchin Story *
* Shared with Morris Stoloff.

His scoring was also nominated for two Golden Globe awards:
• 1949 All the King's Men
• 1960 The World of Suzie Wong

Duning played the trumpet as a teenager and began writing and performing. At age 18, he joined the Kay Kyser band as a trumpet player and arranger. Kyser toured through the South and the Midwest. Between tours, Duning studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. (When he entered the movie industry, he was also tutored by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.)

Mr. Duning stayed with Kyser throughout the `30s as the band gained national popularity. When the NBC radio program Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, began in 1938, Duning was a staff arranger, conductor and supervisor for the program. When Kyser made several movies in Hollywood, Duning was introduced to working in the movie industry, and stayed there.

During World War II, Duning arranged and conducted bandleader Meredith Willson's Armed Forces Radio show Command Performance.

His film career spanned from 1939 to 1983, including these notable movies:
• 1949 All the King's Men
• 1953 Salome
• 1953 Miss Sadie Thompson
• 1953 From Here to Eternity
• 1955 The Man from Laramie
• 1955 My Sister Eileen
• 1955 Picnic
• 1956 The Eddy Duchin Story
• 1956 You Can't Run Away from It
• 1957 3:10 to Yuma
• 1957 Pal Joey
• 1958 Bell Book and Candle
• 1958 The Last Hurrah
• 1958 Houseboat
• 1960 The World of Suzie Wong
• 1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army
• 1962 That Touch of Mink

He worked in television from 1958 to 1983, contributing to these notable shows:
• 1958 Alcoa Theater
• 1965-1967 The Big Valley
• 1967-1968 Star Trek
• 1967-1971 Mannix
• 1969 Then Came Bronson
• 1971-1974 The Partridge Family

He married twice, first to Dorothy E. Hutchings (1936-1977), and then in 1978, to Lois Thompson Blair. He and Dorothy had two daughters.

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Note: "Duning" is pronounced "Dune-ing," not "Done-ning."


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  • Created by: Dorsey Barnes Drane
  • Added: 4 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124622603
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Duning (25 Feb 1908–27 Feb 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124622603, ; Maintained by Dorsey Barnes Drane (contributor 47384117) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.