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Sid Ramin

Sid Ramin
Birth name Sidney Norton Ramin
Born (1919-01-22) January 22, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation(s) orchestrator, arranger, and composer
Years active 1950–present

Sidney Norton Ramin (born January 22, 1919) is an American orchestrator, arranger, and composer.


  • Personal life 1
  • Awards 2
  • Professional works 3
    • Television 3.1
    • Film 3.2
    • Theatre 3.3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Personal life

The son of Ezra Ramin, a window trimmer, and Beatrice D. (Salamoff) Ramin, he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 22, with various sources indicating either a birth year of 1919 or 1924. Ramin married Gloria Breit, a singer and model, on January 9, 1949. They have one child, a son Ronald.


Ramin has won several professional awards throughout his career. He is one of only a handful of artists who have won an Academy, an Emmy, and a Grammy Award.

Professional works

Ramin has orchestrated many television, film, and theatrical productions, as indicated below. He was also responsible for composing the music 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 is the composer of the famous hit "Music to Watch Girls By" first released as an instrumental single in 1967 by The Bob Crewe Generation.




  • West Side Story, Broadway, 2009
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 2008
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 2003
  • The Red Shoes, Broadway, 1993
  • Crazy for You, Broadway, 1992
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1989
  • Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Broadway, 1989
  • Smile, Broadway, 1986
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1980
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Broadway, 1976
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1974
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Broadway, 1972
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Regional (US), 1971
  • Look Where I'm At!, Off-Broadway, 1971
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1968
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1964
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, US Tour, 1963
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West End, 1963
  • 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
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1960
  • The Girls Against the Boys, Broadway, 1959
  • West Side Story, US Tour, 1959
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1959
  • West Side Story, West End, 1958
  • Say, Darling, Broadway, 1958
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1957
  • Wonderful Town, Broadway, 1953

See also

External links

  • Sid Ramin at the Internet Movie Database
  • , Heard, but Not Seen: In praise of orchestrators, Broadway's invisible heroes - May 2, 2009Wall Street JournalTerry Teachout,
  • Photograph of Sid Ramin Taken February 22, 2009
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