Maltby, Richard, 1914-1991

Richard Maltby (1914-1991) was a composer, arranger, conductor, trumpeter, and bandleader. Born in Chicago, he studied music from a young age and wrote his first arrangement when he was around 13. By his late teens he was playing and arranging for jazz and dance bands. He briefly studied music at Northwestern University before leaving to play music full-time. During the late-1930s Maltby performed with and arranged for Little Jack Little, Roger Pryor, Bob Strong, and Henry Busse. In 1940 he was hired as a staff composer-arranger by radio station WBBM, CBS, in Chicago.

He moved to New York City in 1945 and found work with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and the Radio City Music Hall band. Goodman recorded Maltby's Six Flats Unfurnished, which became a hit.


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