Terry Gilkyson

Terry Gilkyson

Hamilton "Terry" Gilkyson (1916 - 1999) composer and lyricist born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In his early twenties, Gilkyson worked on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona, before joining the military during World War II. He married in 1947 and moved to California to pursue a career as a folk singer. In the 1950's he joined Rich Dehr and Frank Miller to form the folk group THE EASY RIDERS, whose song "Marianne" became an instant hit.

Gilkyson left the group in the 1960's to work on movies for Walt Disney Studios. He wrote music for SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960) and THE ARISTOCATS (1970), and wrote a song a week for the television program, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY. In 1968, he received an Academy Award® nomination for "The Bare Necessities" from THE JUNGLE BOOK.

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