• Born date: 1902-05-18
  • Born in: Mason City, Iowa
  • Death date: 1984-06-15
  • Death in: Santa Monica, California
Meredith Willson

Robert Meredith Willson (May 18, 1902 – June 15, 1984) was an American composer, songwriter, flutist, conductor and playwright, best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies and popular songs, and his film scores were twice nominated for Academy Awards.