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Sid Ramin
Birth nameSidney Nathan Ramin
Born(1919-01-22)January 22, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJuly 1, 2019(2019-07-01) (aged 100)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Orchestrator, arranger, composer
Years active1950–2019

Sidney Nathan Ramin[1] (January 22, 1919 – July 1, 2019) was an American orchestrator, arranger, and composer.


Sidney Nathan Ramin (or Sidney Norton Ramin),[2] born in 1919, was the son of Russian-born Ezra Ramin,[1] a window trimmer, and Beatrice D. (Salamoff) Ramin. He grew up in Roxbury neighborhood.

Ramin orchestrated many television, film, and theatrical productions. He also composed the theme and lyrics for "Smile, You're on Candid Camera" of the hidden camera television program Candid Camera in the 1960s. In his early years, Ramin frequently collaborated with arranger Robert Ginzler, most notably on Gypsy.[3] With Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal, he co-orchestrated the music for West Side Story. He was the composer of the famous hit "Music to Watch Girls By" first released as an instrumental single in 1967 by The Bob Crewe Generation.

Ramin married Gloria Breit, a singer and model, on January 9, 1949. They had one son, Ronald "Ron" Ramin, who also works as a composer.[4][5]

Sid Ramin turned 100 in January 2019 and died on July 1 of the same year.[2][6]


Ramin won several professional awards throughout his career.

Professional works




  • The Red Shoes, Broadway, 1993
  • Crazy for You, Broadway, 1992
  • Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Broadway, 1989
  • Smile, Broadway, 1986
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Broadway, 1976
  • Look Where I'm At!, Off-Broadway, 1971
  • Sophie, Broadway, 1963
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Broadway, 1962
  • I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Broadway, 1962
  • Kwamina, Broadway, 1961
  • The Conquering Hero, Broadway, 1961
  • Wildcat, Broadway, 1960
  • Vintage '60, Broadway, 1960
  • The Girls Against the Boys, Broadway, 1959
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1959
  • Say, Darling, Broadway, 1958
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1957
  • Wonderful Town, Broadway, 1953


  1. ^ a b Gates, Anita. "Sid Ramin, ‘West Side Story’ Orchestrator and a Composer, Dies at 100", The New York Times, July 5, 2019. Accessed April 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Burlingame, Jon (July 3, 2019). "Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100".
  3. ^ Teachout, Terry (2 May 2009). "Heard, but Not Seen". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Finn, Robin (27 March 2003). "Public Lives; Back on Broadway and, at 84, Lusting for a Tony". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Michael H. Perlman: Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park. Arcadia Publishing, New York, 2015, page 77, ISBN 978-1-46710-188-2
  6. ^ "SIDNEY RAMIN Obituary - New York, NY | New York Times".
  7. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards (1982)".

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