Bugs Bower


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Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Publisher

Bugs Bower was one of the great characters of music publishing that helped re-direct the industry following World War II. Before and during the war, Bugs was a musician and arranger who played with dance bands on stage and on radio. After the war he continued arranging and was given a job at the Brill Building in New York, the hub for music publishing. In 1946 he wrote the method book “Bop” published and edited by Charles Colin, which paved the way to countless books over the years including “Christmas & Cartoons” and duet books intended for students and their parents to play together. As a songwriter Bugs penned the international smash “Caterina.”