Sep. 10, 1908 Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA
Feb. 8, 1994 Van Nuys Los Angeles County California, USA
Musician. Born Harry Warnow, it is unclear when he changed his name, but he showed great aptitude for electronics at an early age. In 1921 at age 12, he assembled his 1st audio laboratory, and 3 years later took his first professional job as a pianist and wrote his first song: "Portrait of a Cow". In 1927 he graduated from Brooklyn Technical School and in 1931, graduated from Julliard School of Music. At age 25 in 1934, he became staff pianist for CBS Radio Band and forms his own band, "The Instrumentalists" who later that year have their 1st Hit Single-"Christmas Night in Harlem", which was later recorded by Loius Armstrong. In 1936 he married Pearl Zimney with whom he had 1 daughter and 1 son. That same year he founded his own recording company, Universal Recording, Inc. and his own music publishing company, Circle Music, Inc. In 1936 he formed the Raymond Scott Orchestra which grows in popularity with the release of such hits as "Powerhouse" and "The Toy Trumpet" for Columbia Records. His group performs regularly on the Radio Show, "Your Hit Parade for the next several years and he continued his fascination and development of various music related electronic laboratory equipment. Many of his songs were used for soundtracks for Puppetoon and various cartoons. He performed with notables such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, June Valli & many others and continued his affiliation with CBS in various capacities and became the band leader for "Your Hit Parade in 1949. That same year his only brother, Mark Warnow, died from heart failure. A year later, he divorces Pearl Zimney and two years after that marries again, this time to singer Dorothy Collins with whom he has 2 daughters. 1952 also marked the debut of his first "Synthesizer", "The Clarivox". He also conceived and built the first multi-track tape recorders and sequencers. In 1965, he divorced his second wife and begins collaborative effort with Muppets creator Jim Henson. In 1967 he married his 3rd wife, Mitzi Curtis and forms yet another company, "The Electronium Corporation of America, Inc." He held numerous U.S. Patents on electronic equipment and devices, many of which were later referenced by such corporate giants as A.B. Dick, General Electronic, IBM, Sony, General Signal, Xerox, Atari and others. Many of these patents form the foundation of current electronic devices in everday use including fax machines and scanners. In 1972 he moved to California to work for Motown and continued his electronic research and development. Before moving, he became and remained friends with Robert Moog, the son of one of his friends. Robert later was credited with the invention of the "Moog Synthesizer" that figured prominently in the music of the 60's through 80's. In 1987, he released his final batch of music which included the song, "Beautiful Little Butterfly". After a series of heart attacks and strokes rendered him unable to work, speak or communicate in 1988, he remained convalescent until his death 6 years later. His numerous contributions to music, radio and electronics linger with us today in many forms. A pioneer, often ridiculed by those who did not understand or value his work at that time, his contributions were not made public until late in his life. (bio by: db)
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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