George Cates (October 19, 1911 - May 10, 2002) was a highly acclaimed conductor, arranger, songwriter, and record executive who became famous beginning in the early 1950s. His best known songs include the lushly orchestrated Top 5 instrumental smash, "Moonglow And Theme From 'Picnic'" (1956). Cate served as musical director and later conductor for "The Lawrence Welk Show" from 1951-1982.
Best known songs (with years) include:
Pop charts debut year: 1955
Years active: ca. mid 1940s - ca. early 2000s
Genres: Traditional pop, classical, movie music, easy listening
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