Arthur Malvin


Emmy-winning composer- lyricist Arthur Malvin died June 16 in his sleep at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Malvin shared an Emmy with Stan Freeman in 1978 for special musical material written for “The Carol Burnett Show,” for the Astaire-Rogers parody “Hi-Hat.” Malvin worked on the show for 11 years.

He earned an Emmy nom for special musical material for 1968 Frank Sinatra special “A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim.”

Born in New York, Malvin began his professional career in 1940, singing with and conducting a group of 16 singers and dancers called the Vocatones.

He joined Claude Thornhill’s Orchestra as a singer in 1942 and, later that year, enlisted in the Air Force at the request of Glenn Miller to form a vocal quintet called the Crew Chiefs for Miller’s Army/Air Force Band.

Upon his release from the service, Malvin was a featured soloist with the post-war Miller Band under the leadership of Tex Beneke.

In 1958, he was asked to write material for “The Julius La Rosa Show.” He went on to join “The Pat Boone Chevy Show” for three years, a series with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and various TV specials.

During the 1950s and early ’60s he continued his career as a singer, lending his vocal talents to “Your Hit Parade” as well as jingles including the original Blue Bonnet Margarine song and as the “Friendly Man Who Sells Good Humor.”

In 1966, he went to California to work on five “Andy Williams Shows.”

In 1979, he was nominated for a Tony Award for helping create the Broadway hit “Sugar Babies” starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller.

Malvin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irene; daughter, Janet; sons David, an associate producer, and Daniel, an effects supervisor; and four grandchildren.

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