Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was born of Swedish parents, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He studied music at Harvard University, and was active in all kinds of musical activity in the Boston area. He was also a gifted linguist, speaking German, Italian, French and Portuguese as well as every single scandinavian language. He obtained his PhD in languages.
He soon discovered he had a great talent for composing light music, and thanks partly to encouragement from Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, his music became a great commercial success.
His well-known compositions include 'Blue Tango' Forgotten Dreams', and 'The Syncopated Clock'.