Composer, record producer and folk dance club owner David Blume died March 15 of complications from a stroke in Sylmar, Calif. He was 74.
Blume wrote the 1966 hit “Turn Down Day,” with lyrics by his writing partner Jerry Keller, which became a hit when it was recorded by the pop group the Cyrkle.
He wrote the title songs for several films in the 1960s, including “The Shakiest Gun in the West,” with Don Knotts and “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?,” with Mary Tyler Moore and George Peppard.
Born in Roxbury, Mass., he grew up in Brookline, Mass. He was a jazz fan at an early age and learned arranging and scoring. He majored in journalism at Northeastern University.
After serving in the Army as a conductor for the base orchestra in Ft. Bragg, N.C., he ran a North Carolina bowling alley and jazz club. He took the radical step for the time of integrating the club’s bathrooms despite protests from authorities.
He worked as a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times for many years.
He kept his hand in music, working with Hugo Montenegro in producing several albums during the 1970s that featured the early use of synthesizers and quadraphonic sound.
Blume took over as owner/operator of Cafe Danssa, a folk dancing club in West Los Angeles that was a fixture in the dance community. He was still operating the club at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Hester, a folk singer; two daughters; two sons and three grandchildren.