Arranger, conductor, choreographer, and composer George Wyle largely made his fortune in the world of television, working mostly on variety shows; however, he is most renowned for contributing one of the medium's catchiest tunes with his oft-referenced opening theme for Gilligan's Island. Wyle was born March 22, 1916, in New York City, and worked on variety shows starring Jerry Lewis, Flip Wilson, and Jimmy Durante. His most prominent association was with Andy Williams; Wyle not only served as music director for The Andy Williams Show, but also (along with Eddie Pola) composed Williams' ebullient Christmas standard "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island," though, was Wyle's ticket to television immortality. The show's producer, Sherwood Schwartz, had written some of the lyrics, but needed help ...
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