Tubby the Tuba, Shinbone Alley
George Kleinsinger was an American composer and conductor from San Bernardino, California. He studied music at the Juilliard School in New York and was a music director for Civilian Conservation Corps camps. During World War II he was music supervisor for the U. S. Armyâs 2nd Service Command. His Broadway stage scores include âShinbone Alley,â and his television scores include âGreece â The Golden Ageâ, and âJohn Brownâs Bodyâ.
He lived for much of his life in Manhattanâs famous Chelsea Hotel, with a forest of plants, flying birds, exotic fish (including piranha), a tarantula and even a giant snake! One day a tuba player came up to him and said âMr. Kleinsinger, nobodyâs ever written a concerto for a tuba.â He was touched by the idea of this highly trained musician who only played harmony, and so he wrote âTubby the Tubaâ with his friend and lyricist Paul Tripp. âTubby the Tubaâ quickly became what is probably the most well-known childrenâs symphonic work after Sergei Prokofievâs âPeter and the Wolf.â