Alex North was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910. He studied piano with George Boyle in Philadelphia, who suggested that he continue to work with him at the Juilliard School in New York. He studied there for three years, and worked at night as a telegraph boy at Western Union.
Mr. North went to Russia to study with Anton Weprik and Victor Bieli at the Moscow Conservatory, and returned to the U.S. to study with Aaron Copland and Ernest Toch. By the time he went to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, he had written many compositions for documentary films, radio scores, and ballets, he has written several orchestral works, numerous songs, piano pieces, chamber music works, and a musical play entitled The Hither and Thither of Danny Dither.
Upon his return to New York City he became active composing for the Broadway stage before departing for California in the 1950’s, where he created a rich legacy composing music for films until the late 1980’s.