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Charles Frederick Wolcott was an American composer and songwriter, who wrote and directed music for films, such as The Reluctant Dragon, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, and Song of the South.

Wolcott was born in Flint, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he formed his own band “Charley Wolcott and His Wolverines” in 1924-27. Following his graduation, he joined Jean Goldkette's band as a jazz pianist and scored music for such members of that group as Bix Beiderbecke, Joe Venuti, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey as well as becoming an arranger for Johnny Green, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Al Jolson, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Rudy Vallee.

He moved to Hollywood and soon began working at The Walt Disney Studios writing music for cartoon shorts, then feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Bambi. By 1944, he had become General Musical Director. He also collaborated with Larry Morey to write songs for Cinderella, but their songs were scrapped.

In 1950, he transferred to MGM Studios as Associate General Musical Director before becoming General Music Director General Music Director in 1958 before leaving in 1961 to devote full time to the U.S. Baha’i Assembly. Two years later, he was named to the governing Universal House of Justice from 1963-1987 his death.

His other film contributions included Iceland, Joan of Paris, Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Green Mansions, Home on the Hill, Fireman Save My Child, Gaby, and Key Witness.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs orchestrator - uncredited
1939 The Standard Parade music supervisor - uncredited
1940 Pinocchio orchestrator - uncredited
1940 Mr. Duck Steps Out composer - uncredited
1940 Goofy's Glider composer
1941 Dumbo orchestrator - uncredited
1941 The Nifty Nineties composer - uncredited
1941 The Art of Skiing composer - uncredited
1941 Chef Donald composer - uncredited
1941 The Reluctant Dragon songwriter: "The Reluctant Dragon"
composer: additional music - uncredited
1942 The Village Smithy composer - uncredited
1942 Mickey's Birthday Party composer - uncredited
1942 Bambi orchestration
1942 Saludos Amigos songwriter: "Saludos Amigos"
music direction
"Aquarela do Brasil" composer
1944 The Three Caballeros composer
arranger: "Zandunga" - uncredited
music director
songwriter: "Mexico"
"Pandeiro & Flute"
1946 Make Mine Music composer - uncredited
music director
songwriter: "Two Silhouettes"
"After You've Gone" composer
1946 Defense Against Invasion composer - uncredited
1946 Song of the South composer - uncredited
music director
songwriter: "Sooner or Later" - uncredited
1947 Fun and Fancy Free music director
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad songwriter: "The Merrily Song - uncredited