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St. Paul, Minn. —
A native of the Hawkeye State, Meredith Willson played with John Philip Sousa's band and with the New York Philharmonic before he worked in Hollywood … in radio, no less.
Wilson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire (such as "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"), and he also wrote the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, but it's the story of the con-man-turned-good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when The Music Man premiered on the big screen in 1962.
Robert Preston sings "Ya Got Trouble," also featured in the video below.
Joshua Bell brings music to Union Station once again
In 2007, violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, and hardly anyone noticed. On Tuesday, Bell got a do-over of sorts, playing to several thousand people in Union Station's main hall.