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Duane L. Tatro Dies: TV Composer For ‘Dynasty’ And ‘The Love Boat’ Was 93

Duane L. Tatro Dies: TV Composer For ‘Dynasty’ And ‘The Love Boat’ Was 93

Duane L. Tatro, a music composer for dozens of TV series and concert works for orchestral wind ensemble and chamber groups, has died. He passed on Sunday at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif at age 93.

Tatro was a respected member of the composing community. His long resume includes such series as Dynasty, The Love Boat, Barnaby Jones, The FBI, Mannix, Hawaii Five-0, and M*A*S*H, among others. His first series was the science fiction classic The Invaders in 1967.

Despite his long history with television music, Tatro’s lone series theme credit was The Manhunter, a Quinn Martin production which lasted just a single season in 1974-75.

Born in Van Nuys on May 18, 1927, Tatro played saxophone with Stan Kenton’s big band at age 16, then served in the Navy near the end of World War II. He later studied music at the University of Southern California.

Tatro later studied in Paris

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