An American composer of short, light concert pieces. John Williams described him as "one of the great American masters of light orchestral music."
His arranging work came to the attention of Arthur Fiedler in 1936 and Anderson was asked to show Fiedler any original compositions.
1945 he wrote "The Syncopated Clock" and "Promenade".
In 1951 Anderson wrote his first hit, "Blue Tango", earning a Golden Disc and the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.
His most famous pieces are probably "Sleigh Ride" and "The Syncopated Clock".
Anderson was initiated as an honorary member of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Indiana State University in 1969.
In 1975, Anderson died of cancer aged 66.
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