Duane Tatro (1927-2020)

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Composer Duane Tatro, who composed music for several early episodes of M*A*S*H, died August 9th at the age of 93. Tatro got his start in television in 1967, composing music for episodes of The Invaders on ABC. Other TV shows he composed music for include Cade’s Country, The F.B.I., Cannon, Barnaby Jones, The Love Boat, Dynasty, and Hotel.

Tatro provided music for the following episodes of M*A*S*H:

  • “The Moose” (Season 1)
  • “Dear Dad” (Season 1)
  • “Dear Dad, Again” (Season 1)
  • “Radar’s Report” (Season 2)
Still from the closing credits to the MASH episode The Moose.
Duane Tatro’s credit from “The Moose” (Season 1)

Here’s a list of the compositions Tatro wrote for “The Moose”:

  • Very Goodly
  • Tent Card Game
  • Six of Clubs
  • Dead Dad
  • Rehabilitated Tent
  • One Question
  • I’m Beautiful
  • She’s Gone
  • A Toast
  • Buddhist Person

Some of these compositions, and others Tatro wrote for “Dear Dad,” “Dear Dad, Again” and “Radar’s Report” were reused in later episodes.

Obituaries can be found at Variety and Deadline Hollywood.

(Thanks to Dan.)

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