Gordon Munford 1929 – 1999

Musical director and arranger Gordon Munford was born June 8, 1929 in California. He was a nine year resident of Las Vegas, a member of the Musicians Union and the American Symphony Orchestra League, and past board member for the Association of Musical Arrangers. Munford directed and conducted more than 65 musicals from off Broadway’s “Little Mary Sunshine” to the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “1776.” While in Southern Nevada, Munford wrote arrangements for several local musical groups and was the musical director for the June production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. His 17-minute arrangement of “Songs We Knew in World War II” prompted a standing ovation at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. when the Washington Symphony performed it. Gordon Munford passed away on September 18, 1999 in Las Vegas.

Celebrities such as Gordon Mac Rae, Billy Daniels, Jane Powell, Melba Moore, Johnnie Ray and Donald O’Connor permeate these recollections of a show business spouse.

Golf tournaments with Bob Hope, watching a football game with Joe Di Maggio, a concert arrangement debut in front of an audience of 10,000 in New York, chatting with Pete Fountain at his club in New Orleans, and a helpful President of the United States carrying musical charts into the dressing room. These are just some of the experiences Gail Munford had in life on the road with her musical director/ arranger husband, Gordon Munford.

Gordon Munford worked for numerous other artists as well during this time including Billy Daniels, Jane Powell, John Raitt, Melba Moore, Gisele MacKenzie, famed songwriter, Bernie Wayne, and the Munford’s “cupid”, Marilyn Michaels. Gail has included some background on her show business travels before meeting Gordon which were with singer/impressionist/actress, Marilyn Michaels, like when she starred in the TV series, “KOPYKATS”, which was taped in London, England. Also, how her association with Marilyn led to her meeting Gordon Munford.

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