|Birth name||Sidney Norton Ramin|
|Born||January 22, 1919|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||July 1, 2019 100) (aged|
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Orchestrator, arranger, composer|
Born in 1919, Ramin was the son of Ezra Ramin, a window trimmer, and Beatrice D. (Salamoff) Ramin. He orchestrated many television, film, and theatrical productions. He also composed the theme and lyrics for "Smile, You're on Candid Camera" of the hidden camera television program Candid Camera in the 1960s. In his early years, Ramin frequently collaborated with arranger Robert Ginzler, most notably on Gypsy. With Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal, he co-orchestrated the music for West Side Story. He was the composer of the famous hit "Music to Watch Girls By" first released as an instrumental single in 1967 by The Bob Crewe Generation.
Ramin married Gloria Breit, a singer and model, on January 9, 1949. They had one son, Ronald "Ron" Ramin, who also works as a composer.
Ramin won several professional awards throughout his career.
- 1961: Academy Award – Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, West Side Story
- 1961: Grammy Award – Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from Motion Picture or Television, West Side Story
- 1983: Daytime Emmy Award – Co-nominated as music composer as part of Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence for a Daytime Drama Series, All My Children
- The Red Shoes, Broadway, 1993
- Crazy for You, Broadway, 1992
- Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Broadway, 1989
- Smile, Broadway, 1986
- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Broadway, 1976
- Look Where I'm At!, Off-Broadway, 1971
- Sophie, Broadway, 1963
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Broadway, 1962
- I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Broadway, 1962
- Kwamina, Broadway, 1961
- The Conquering Hero, Broadway, 1961
- Wildcat, Broadway, 1960
- Vintage '60, Broadway, 1960
- The Girls Against the Boys, Broadway, 1959
- Gypsy, Broadway, 1959
- Say, Darling, Broadway, 1958
- West Side Story, Broadway, 1957
- Wonderful Town, Broadway, 1953
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