Gerald Lincoln Dolin, a composer, arranger, conductor and pianist, died Dec. 31 of respiratory complications. He was 79.

Born Feb. 12, 1913, Dolin began arranging and conducting at the age of 19 in San Francisco in the days of vaudeville.

After moving to New York, he began writing musical shows, including “Smile at Me” and “Dancing Coed.” His hit song “Panama” was the first in the wave of South American-style pop songs in the United States. Dolin collaborated with many lyricists, including Eddie Lambert and Sid Kuller.

Dolin became Frank Loesser’s musical director for the show “Where’s Charlie?, ” starring Ray Bolger and is credited with composing the musical introduction to “Once in Love With Amy.”

Eventually, Dolin returned to Hollywood with Loesser to work at MGM. His first film was “Neptune’s Daughter.” Later, Dolin worked for many years in the orchestration department of Paramount Pictures.

Dolin is survived by a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Project Angel Food or Theatre West.

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