In his 29-year career with Disney,
Buddy Baker composed more than 200 musical scores
for Disney theme parks, films and television shows.
He passed away on the 26th of July 2002.

Film Scores
Further Works
Music Samples


Born 1918 in Springfield, he began piano lessons at age 4 and was playing trumpet with the age of 11 years. He studied music at Southwest Baptist University and moved to Los Angeles in 1938 to work in Hollywood. Buddy Baker joined Disney in 1954 to assist George Bruns (Pirates of the Caribbean). "I came to Disney to help out for two weeks," Buddy once said, "and I ended up staying 29 years." (He and George were the sole composers for Disneyland for the park's first 10 years.)
He wrote scores and songs for a wide variety of Disney television series, live action and animated films, including the Mickey Mouse Club, Zorro, Davy Crockett, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, the three original Winnie the Pooh animated featurettes, The Fox and the Hound animated feature, and the animated featurette Donald in Mathmagic Land.
Prior to Disney, he wrote arrangements for many big bands, including Stan Kenton, Harry James, Phil Harris and Jack Teagarden and also worked on numerous radio shows, including The Bob Hope Show and The Jack Benny Show.
Buddy's favourite attraction was the French Pavillion movie Impressions de France where he combined classical french masterpieces with own compositions, all played by a 100-piece orchestra in London.
After retiring in 1983 as Hollywood's last on-staff studio composer, Buddy still continued to work with Disney, composing music for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at the Magic Kingdom, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Sindbad's Seven Voyages at Tokyo DisneySea.

Academy Award Nomination for the children's drama "Napoleon and Samantha" (1972)
Two Grammy Awards Nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASCAP Foundation (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
Disney Legend Award from the National Fantasy Fan Club (1995)

Adventure Thru Inner Space
American Adventure
America the Beautiful
Carousel of Progress (World Fair 1964)
Country Bear Jamboree
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
Haunted Mansion
If You Had Wings
Impressions de France
It's Fun To Be Free
It's A Small World (additional scoring)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kitchen Kabaret
Listen to the Land
Magic Carpet 'Round the World
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mexican Pavillon
People Mover
Sindbad's Seven Voyages
Swiss Family Tree House
Universe of Energy
Winnie the Pooh
Wonders of China
World of Motion

$1,000,000 Duck (1971)
Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The (1979)
Apple Dumpling Gang, The (1975)
Aquamania (1961)
Bears and I, The (1974)
Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures, The (1975)
Carlo, the Sierra Coyote (1973) (TV)
Charley and the Angel (1973)
Daniel Boone (1960) (mini) TV Series
Devil and Max Devlin, The (1981)
Disneyland: The Fourth Anniversary Show (1957) (TV)
Dream Called Walt Disney World, A (1981) (V) (uncredited)
Footloose Goose, The (1975) (TV)
Fox and the Hound, The (1981)
Gnome-Mobile, The (1967)
Guns in the Heather aka The Secret of Boyne / Spy Busters (1968)
Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
Impressions de France (1982)
Johnny Shiloh (1963) (TV)
Kilroy (1965) TV Series
King of the Grizzlies (1970)
Magic of Walt Disney World, The (1972)
Mago de Oz Cuento de Frank Baum (1985) (TV) (uncredited)
Menace on the Mountain (1970) (TV)
misadventures of merlin jones
Misadventures of Merlin Jones, The (1964)
Monkey's Uncle, The (1965)
My Dog, the Thief (1969) (TV)
Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, The (1958) (TV)
No Deposit, No Return aka Double Trouble (1976)
Rascal (1969)
Return of the Big Cat (1974) (TV)
Shaggy D.A., The (1976)
Summer Magic (1963)
Superdad (1974)
Swamp Fox (1959) TV Series
Texas John Slaughter (1958) TV Series
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Tiger Walks, A (1964)
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)
Trail of Danger (1977) (TV)
Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
Wicked Woman (1954)
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)
Zorro (1957) TV Series (songs)

non-disney related
Arrangements for Entertainer Herb Jeffries (early 50's)
Hy-vue straws, Award homes - TV Commercials (1950's)
Let there be Peace on Earth (early 1960s)
Meetin at the Malt Shop" (late 1950's)
Kids is Kids - von Drake (1961)
Two in Love - Verve Album (1950)

disney related
Adventure in the Magic Kingdom ( 1958)
Magic of Disneyland(documentary) (early 1970s)
Wonderful World of Color, Main and Endtitles (1961-1968)
Wonderful World of Disney, Main and Endtitles (1972-1977)
Bidin my Time, Well dressed Hobo - Karen and Cubby Records
The world is a Circle - Cover Versions of Bacharach (1973)
Monorail and PeopleMover Themes
Progressland NYWfair (included Carousel of Progress)
The Walt Disney Story - co-composed with Franklyn Marks (1970's)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 2:51
American Adventure - Intro/New World Bound 1:48
Carousel of Progress Load Music 1:36
Grim Grinning Ghosts Instrumental 2:02
Impressions de France (excerpt) 2:52
People Mover 2:49