Ken Darby

Ken Darby ( born May 13, 1909 in Hebron, Nebraska; † January 24, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, California ) was an American film score composer, lyricist and music arranger who was three times awarded the Oscar.


Even in his childhood, he was very interested in music and played several instruments. From 1939 he was in the film business worked, wrote and sang songs, among others for The Wizard of Oz In the 1940s, he worked as Head of Music at Walt Disney.

Darby worked closely with Alfred Newman. Together, they have won two Oscar nominated three times for the price.

In 1957, I won for the film The King and the Academy Award for Best Film Music within the musical Darby and Alfred Newman. Two years later received two nominations for the music to the South Pacific.

1960 Darby was awarded the Oscar for the second time. This time, along with André Previn for their music Porgy and Bess to. In addition, both a Grammy Award for best soundtrack received.

1962 and 1964 respectively followed an Oscar nomination for almond eyes and lotus flowers (1961) and The West Was Won. In this production, he again worked with Alfred Newman. The third Oscar he won again in collaboration with Newman in 1968 for Camelot - On King Arthur's court in the area of ​​scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.

Darby was married and the father of two children.