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CONLON, Judd "Jud"

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CONLON, Judd "Jud". (Cuba City, WI, 1910--Chicago, IL, July 28, 1966). Conlon attended COLUMBIA ACADEMY and COLUMBIA COLLEGE where he played the accordion and was active in musical groups including the Vested Choir directed by Father Alphonse Dress. This may have led to his mastery of vocal arranging. He played accordion at the Hilltop Casino until 4:00 a.m., slept, and then got up for his college classes. (1)

In high school, he formed the Justin Conlon Orchestra. By the time he was in college, the group toured the Midwest and was often featured on WMT-Cedar Rapids, WHO-Des Moines, and WOC-Davenport. (2)

Conlon's first major arranging work was with the famous Kay Kyser Orchestra. Bing Crosby then hired Conlon to make arrangements and vocal backgrounds for his radio series. Crosby also spotlighted the Jud Conlon Rhythmaires for over eight years on CBS with songs like "If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon" (1947-1949) Bing Crosby with Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires. (3) Conlon also worked with the Conlon Singers in such numbers are: (4)
         Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956) (as The Judd Conlon Group) 
         The Scene Of the Crime (1956) 
         (Jud Conlon Singers with Bob Thompson's Orch.)
         "The Court Jester" (21 – 22 September 1955, Los Angeles) 
          Sylvia Fine – Sammy Cahn With the Judd Conlon Singers 

Conlon went on to work for Andy Williams and Guy Lombardo. (5)

In the mid-1950s, Conlon began collaborating with satirist, Stan Freberg. Conlon's arrangements appeared on nearly all of Freberg's comedy records as well as on his "Stan Freberg Radio Show." He also worked on the television program "Frankie Laine Time." (5) His other credits include: (6,7)

       Screen Directors Playhouse 
       (music arranger: vocal arrangements) (1 episode, 1956)
       Prima Donna (1956) TV episode 
       (music arranger: vocal arrangements)
       The Milton Berle Show (Jud Conlin chorus, 1958)
       Bobby Darin and Friends (1961) (TV) 
       (music arranger: vocal arrangements)
       The Judy Garland Show 
       (choral director-121 episodes, 1963-64) 


   It's Always Fair Weather (1955) 
   ("March, March" (uncredited), "The Time for Parting" (uncredited)
   "Once Upon a Time" 
   (uncredited), "Why Are We Here?" (uncredited)
   Here Comes Elmer (1943) 
   (writer: "Hitch Old Dobbin to the Shay Again")

Conlon served as an arranger for Walt Disney for much of his musical career. Among his credits are the Disney movies Alice in Wonderland (1951) (music arranger: vocal arrangements); Peter Pan (1953), (vocal arranger) "You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!" (04:03); and Babes in Toyland (1961). (8)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3anDVTuDFE‎ "I Waited a Little Too Long," Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires



1. Tigges, John. They Came From Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1983, p. 38-39

2. Ibid.

3. "Judd Conlon (Disney Wiki), Online: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Judd_Conlon

4. Ibid.

5. Tigges

6. "Judd Conlon.."

7. Jud Conlon, IMDb. Online: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0174845/

8. Ibid.