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Subject: Bandleader Van Alexander dies aged 100

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/20/15 at 8:57 am

Van Alexander, the 1940s US bandleader who became a prolific film and TV show composer, has died aged 100.

The conductor and author reportedly died of heart failure on Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital.

Alexander played an important role in Ella Fitzgerald's career, co-writing her first big hit, the nursery rhyme-inspired A-Tisket, A-Tasket, in 1938.

He went on to write and arrange music for Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Dean Martin Show.

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