Wilbur Hatch
Hatch and Desi Arnaz
Wilbur Hatch and Desi Arnaz. Marco Rizo sits at the piano
Vital information
Gender: Male
Born: (1902-05-24)May 24, 1902
Birthplace: Mokena, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 22, 1969(1969-12-22) (aged 67)
Deathplace: Studio City, California, U.S.
Years active: 1922-1969, his death
Family and Personal information
Spouse(s): Margaret Mathews, ?-1969, his death
Related to: 3 children
Character/Show information
Appeared on/
involved with:
I Love Lucy
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Wilbur "Bill" Hatch {{born May 24, 1902- diedDecember 22, 1969 was an American music composer who worked as music consultant on I Love Lucy, as well as Star Trek: The Original Series and numerous other Desilo-produced TV projects.

Radio careerEdit

Born and raised in Mokena, Illinois, young Wilbur began working in radio in 1922 as a pianist on KYW (Chicago) and moved on to CBS, where he was given the job as music director and conductor of CBS Radio. Wilbur would create music for such radio shows as The Whistler, Suspense, Meet Corliss Archer, My Favorite Husband (on which future I Love Lucy TV series star Lucille Ball co-starred), Broadway Is My Beat, Our Miss Brooks and The Screen Guild Theater.


Hatch also worked as a conductor and music director for CBS. During the late 1930s and early 1940s he was conductor on The Campbell Soup Radio Show. He was the musical director and composed the theme for CBS Radio's The Whistler (1942–55). Additionally, he was the musical director for CBS Radio's Broadway Is My Beat (1949–54) and Luke Slaughter of Tombstone (1958). He had a long history with Desilu and Lucille Ball, conducting the orchestra and writing music for I Love Lucy (1951-56), The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1959-60), The Lucy Show (1964-67) and Here's Lucy (1968-69). He also worked on some other television projects.

Family and Personal lifeEdit

Hatch attended the University of Chicago to study engineering, but music fully occupied his life. One of the highlights of his college education was that he wrote the music for the annual Blackfriar's show, the University's dramatic organization. Wilbur graduated from University of Chicago with High Honors and a Phi Beta Kappa Key.

Wilbur was married to Margaret Mathews of Grinell, Iowa. They had three children together: Robert Allen (born in 1932), Nancy Margaret (born in 1934) and Margaret Ann (born in 1944). He was interred and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California.

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