David Rose

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David Rose
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David Rose composing music.
Personal Information
Sex/Gender: Male
Birthname: David Rose
Born: June 15, 1910
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: August 23, 1990(1990-08-23) (aged 80)
Deathplace: Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation: Musician/Composer
Years active: 1940's - 1990, his death
Website/URL: (Official website)
Series Information
Job on/with series/film: Music score composer
Appeared on/involved with: Little House on the Prairie
Episodes involved with/appearances: Entire series

David Rose (June 15, 1910 - August 23, 1990) was a London-born musician and composer who wrote the music for Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Father Murphy, and Bonanza. In addition, Rose was musical director for The Red Skelton Show during its 21-year run on the CBS and NBC networks.

Although David Rose was born in London, he was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Rose was married three times: first to actress Martha Raye, then to actress and singer Judy Garland in 1941; they divorced in 1945. His third wife was Betty Bartholomew; they were married until his death.

In addition to his television work, he released many records, including the classic novelty instrumental single "The Stripper," which went to #1 in 1963. In total, Rose won 11 awards including four Emmy awards for musical scores which included Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, and the 1950's CBS-TV series Highway Patrol, which starred Broderick Crawford, under the pseudonym "Ray Llewellyn". [1]


David died on August 23, 1990, in Burbank California, from a heart attack. He was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, CA.


  1. Mysteries of TV Music. Retrieved on 2012-11-09.
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