Maurice (Muzzy) Marcellino, a former band singer in the 1930s who later provided music for Art Linkletter’s radio and TV shows, died June 11 at his home in Sherman Oaks following a lengthy illness.
A San Francisco native, Marcellino began his career as a child singer with Phil Harris’ orchestra, and later played guitar and sang for the popular Ted Fiorito Orchestra.
Marcellino also collaborated with Jimmy Dodd in providing additional musical numbers for the Disney TV show “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
A noted whistler, he was selected by music director Dimitri Tiomkin to be the whistling soloist for the score to the John Wayne film “The High and the Mighty.”
He also performed the various whistle calls at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Marcellino is survived by his wife of 27 years, Pat, eight children and eight grandchildren.
Family suggests donations in Marcellino’s name be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.