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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.
On the Air This Week
Highlights from August 26 to September 2 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Jasper String Quartet plays Haydn in St. Cloud. Friday, 2 pm: The Copper Street Brass Quintet, live from...