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Maury Laws (December 6, 1923 - March 28, 2019) was an American television and film composer, best known for his work with Rankin/Bass. In his teens, Laws performed in local country, jazz and dance bands as a singer and guitarist in his home state of North Carolina. His career was put on hold during World War II, in which he served in the Army. In 1964, he was hired as music director for Rankin/Bass, a post which he held for roughly 20 years. In this capacity, he conducted and scored music for a number of animated specials and movies. His most widely known score may be that of the well-known Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, first aired in 1964.

After retiring from Rankin/Bass, Maury continued to compose and arrange music for vocalists, jazz artists and symphony orchestras.

Maury was married to former NBC News producer, Karen Rutledge in Wisconsin. Their oldest son, John, lives in Chicago. Daughter, Wendy, resides in Phoenix and son, Christopher, lives on Cape Cod.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCricket on the HearthThe Little Drummer BoyFrosty the SnowmanSanta Claus is Comin' to Town • "A Christmas Tree" • 'Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe Year Without a Santa ClausThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas SnowFrosty's Winter WonderlandRudolph's Shiny New YearThe Little Drummer Boy, Book IINestor, the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyThe Stingiest Man in TownRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in JulyJack FrostPinocchio's ChristmasThe Leprechauns' Christmas GoldThe Life and Adventures of Santa ClausSanta, Baby!