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 Dale Butts

Dale Butts

Original Name Robert Dale
Birth
Lamasco, Lyon County, Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Jan 1990 (aged 79)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section 2, #69
Memorial ID 8423 · View Source
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Composer, Arranger. As music director of Republic Pictures from 1944 to 1956, he scored or orchestrated over 140 films, from B westerns and serials to the company's more ambitious productions. He shared an Academy Award nomination with Morton Scott for "Flame of Barbary Coast" (1945). Robert Dale Butts was born in Lamasco, Kentucky. He joined NBC Radio in Chicago in 1928 and for 13 years was its principal pianist and arranger. In 1937 he married aspiring star Dale Evans (who took her stage name from him) and the couple struggled to find work in Hollywood before they were both signed by Republic in 1943. After their 1945 divorce he continued to write music for Evans' films, including those co-starring her fourth husband, Roy Rogers. Among his credits are "Don't Fence Me In" (1945), "Dakota" (1945), "The Plunderers" (1948), "The Fighting Kentuckian" (1949), "Trigger, Jr." (1950), "The Vanishing American" (1955), and "Affair in Reno" (1957). Butts retired from show business in 1956, but thrifty Republic used his stock cues for several more features until the studio closed in 1959. At his death he bequeathed his personal archives (including an unpublished autobiography) to UCLA.

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  • Added: 10 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dale Butts (12 Mar 1910–30 Jan 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8423, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .