William Loose, 80, Emmy-winning composer whose longtime work in tv included such series as “Your Hit Parade,” “The Untouchables,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “Dennis The Menace,” died Feb. 22 in Burbank, Calif., five days after suffering a heart attack.
Loose had numerous Emmy nominations and won his trophy in 1989 for scoring, with Jack Tillar, the National Geographic special “In Search Of Vesuvius.”
A Michigan native, he was a staff arranger for an Omaha radio station before becoming arranger for the U.S. Army Air Forces Orchestra in New York during World War II.
After the war, he became involved in early tv, including the popular “Your Hit Parade” musical program.
Loose collaborated with Billy May on the music for “The Naked City” skein, and was partnered with May in a company called May-Loo Music.
Loose’s other tv composing credits include such series as “Hollywood Squares,” “Real People,” “That’s Incredible,” “The Planet Earth” and the currently running PBS series “The Infinite Voyage,” as well as NFL Films. He worked for many years with Capitol Records.
He contributed to the scores of several feature films, such as “Shoot Out At Big Sag,” “The Man In The Water,” “The Devil’s Bedroom,” “Navajo Run,” Ozzie Nelson’s “Love And Kisses,” “Tarzan & The Great River,” “Tarzan & The Jungle Boy,” “Johnny Firecloud,” “Gator Bait,” Dave Friedman’s “Trader Hornee,” and two Russ Meyer classics, “Cherry, Harry & Raquel” and “Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.”
Survived by his wife, Irma, a daughter, two sons and a granddaughter.