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Acclaimed Music Arranger Billy May Dies

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Acclaimed Music Arranger Billy May Dies

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Acclaimed Music Arranger Billy May Dies

Acclaimed Music Arranger Billy May Dies

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Billy May, a jazz trumpeter and composer best known for his critically acclaimed arrangements for Frank Sinatra, died last week at age 87. In the 1940s and '50s, May was one of the most sought-after arrangers for big-band music and American standards, working with stars such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.

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