Harold Wheeler

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Birthday
14, 1943
Birthplace
St. Louis, MO
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
14, 1943 (age 75)
Birthplace
St. Louis, MO

About

Musical director on popular talent competition 'Dancing with the Stars.' He was the second African American to conduct the Oscars. He worked as musical director for Burt Bacharach, becoming the first African American musical director for a major pop artist.

Before Fame

He was first hired as a music arranger on "Don't Play Us Cheap" in 1973. He also arranged for Tony Orlando and Nina Simone.

Trivia

He was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in 2003 for his work on "Hairspray" and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the NAACP Theatre Awards in 2008.

Family Life

He married Broadway actress Hattie Winston.

Associated With

He, John Williams, and Paul Shaffer conducted the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremonies.