Composer/Pianist William Roy Dies at 75
Roy was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928. He was educated at the Hollywood Professional School and, as a child actor, appeared in a number of films. He also studied music with Arthur Laage, Joseph Achron, Eada Rubinstein, and Rina Larson.
He composed songs for the nightclub revues Four Below Strikes Back, Dressed to the Nines, Pieces of Eight, Seven Come Eleven, and Dime a Dozen. In addition to Maggie, his theatrical credits included New Faces of 1962, a Broadway revue to which he contributed material; La Belle Helene, an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's original work; Scandal, which played in Los Angeles; and Special Delivery, which played in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Roy also conducted the 1972 revue Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cole Porter.