Saturday, March 13, 2010
Featured Pipe Smoker: David Rose
David Rose was born in London but raised in Chicago. He was a songwriter, composer, arranger and pianist who wrote primarily for television, Broadway and radio shows. His most famous piece (probably) was "The Stripper." Some of the television shows he wrote music for include "Little House on the Prairie," "Highway to Heaven," "Father Murphy," "Bonanza" and "Red Skelton Hour." I have read that at one point, 22 different TV shows used theme music written by him.
He was married to Martha Raye, Judy Garland, and finally to Betty Bartholomew, with whom he had two children. He was a live steam hobbyist and had his own backyard railroad.
He appears to be smoking a pipe in the shape that is referred to as the "horn."