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William Lockwood

William Lockwood, composer and conductor who worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many others, died Aug. 11 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 69.

As a conductor, arranger and pianist, Lockwood also worked such artists as Gordon MacRae, Mickey Rooney, Kathryn Grayson, Bob Hope, Buddy Ebson, Robert Clary, Yvonne De Carlo and Dorothy Lamour, a lifelong friend.

A graduate of DePaw U. and Juilliard, Lockwood was musical director for NBC’s “Matinee Theater. ” He then began a nine-year stint as an arranger-conductor for “The Dean Martin Show.” In the 1970s, Lockwood also established Sebastian’s Dinner Theater, the first of its kind in California. After launching a second branch in Anaheim, Lockwood became musical director and producer for both theaters.

His musical talent also landed him a five-year onscreen job as a pianist on “Days of Our Lives. ” Lockwood went on to compose musical scores for stage productions including musical spoof “I’d Stake My Life” and “Boffola,” a musical chronicle of the life of Jimmy Durante.

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