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Dimitri Tiomkin


Miami Vice Performer
May 10, 1894, Kremenchuk, Ukraine
November 11, 1979, London, England (age 85, undisclosed)

Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (May 10, 1894 - November 11, 1979) was a Russian music composer whose "Theme from Red River" and "Wagon Train from Red River" appeared in the episode "The Cows of October" of the series Miami Vice.


Tiomkin began his music career learning from the greats in Russian piano (Felix Blumenfeld and Alexander Glazunov), then performed on stage in vaudeville in the US, then moved on to play Carnegie Hall in the late 1920s, and finally moved to Los Angeles where he began to score films for MGM Studios. Tiomkin moved on to other studios, and his list of musical scores is lengthy, and includes many classic films, like Lost Horizon, It's A Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, High Noon (for which Tiomkin won two Oscars), The High and the Mighty (for which Tiomkin won an Oscar for Best Musical Score), Dial M for Murder, and a long list of westerns, including Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Red River, Rio Bravo, The Alamo, and The War Wagon. He also contributed the theme to the TV western Rawhide, and his song "Wild Is The Wind", became jazz singer Nina Simone's standard, and was recorded by David Bowie. Tiomkin died on November 11, 1979, in London, England at the age of 85.