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George Cates (1911–2002)

Composer, conductor, arranger and producer, educated at New York University. He was a record producer for Dot and Coral, and a longtime music supervisor for the Lawrence Welk programs. Joining ASCAP in 1954, he collaborated musically with Mort Greene, Paul Francis Webster, and Irving Taylor. His popular-song compositions include "Fuzzy Wuzzy". See full bio »

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Swingers Soundtrack
Mars Attacks! Soundtrack
Mr. Saturday Night Soundtrack
Twice Upon a Time Soundtrack


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  The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (musical director - 12 episodes, 1958 - 1982) (music supervisor - 4 episodes, 1956 - 1966)
- All Time Favorites (1982) ... (musical director)
- Salute to Jerome Kern (1978) ... (musical director)
- America's Pastimes (1978) ... (musical director)
- Famous Songs by Famous Songwriters (1977) ... (musical director)
- Top Songs from Broadway Shows (1974) ... (musical director)
 1958 The Plymouth Show (TV Series) (music supervisor)
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 2004 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Documentary) (writer: "Weary Blues")
 2003 Duplex (writer: "Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn" (1969))
 1996 Mars Attacks! (writer: "Champagne Fanfare")
 1996 Swingers (writer: "Champagne Time" - as G. Cates)
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (writer: "Fantastic, That's You")
 1983 Twice Upon a Time (writer: "Champagne Time")
  The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes, 1967 - 1969) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Occupations (1969) ... (music: "The Circus Polka" - uncredited)
- Music! Music! Music! (1967) ... (music: "My Heart Still Remembers" - uncredited)
- Episode #3.29 (1958) ... (writer: "An Old Love Letter" - uncredited)
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 2007 Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures (TV Movie documentary) (special thanks)
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 1955-1982 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series)
Himself - orchestra leader / Himself / Himself - Occasional Conductor / ...
- All Time Favorites (1982) ... Himself
- Big City, USA (1982) ... Occasional conductor
- Great Entertainers (1981) ... Himself
- Carnival (1981) ... Himself
- Highways and Byways - Guest: Joey Schmidt (1981) ... Himself - Occasional Conductor
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 2007 Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures (TV Movie documentary)

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