William E. "Billy" May (1916-2004) was a composer, arranger and trumpeter.
He composed for film and television, especially The Green Hornet in 1966 and the theme of Batgirl in Batman in 1967. He orchestrated Cocoon and its sequel, among others.
He is also the author of arrangements for many stars of variety, such Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.
As a trumpeter, he has recorded several songs in the 40s with Glenn Miller and his Orchestra and Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra.
It is a great honor to publish this first review of the new edition of The Rocketeer. A big thank you to Roger Feigelson for his generosity and trust. James Horner composed The Rocketeer, one of his most beloved scores, for a Joe Johnston film which has achieved near-cult status since it was first released in 1991. The director, one of the legendary special effects technicians on Star Wars (1977), hoped to turn Dave Stevens’s Comics into a trilogy, but disappointing box office results decided otherwise ... James Horner built his score on 3 major themes and one motif: Cliff Secord, the
In 2013 we have definitely been spoiled by Intrada, with three James Horner albums: after the vibrant and unpublished In Country, the valiant and percussive Clear and Present Danger, here is the emotional and sensitive Cocoon. This is the perfect opportunity to revisit this outstanding music composed at the beginning of the Maestro's career, and look at the new elements of this edition. "There is a before and an after Cocoon because Steven Spielberg loved this film and my music. My career really took off with Cocoon and An American Tail. I walked into the Hollywood tradition at that time "