Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908 ? 8 February 1994), was an American composer, orchestra leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His brother, Mark Warnow, a conductor, violinist, and musical director for the radio program Your Hit Parade, encouraged his musical career. Though Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Scott's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original Scott recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Scott actually composed to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962.
A 1931 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano, theory and composition, Scott began his professional career as a pianist for the CBS Radio house band. In 1936, while at CBS, he recruited a band from among his colleagues, calling it the "Raymond Scott Quintette." It was a six-piece group, but the puckish Scott thought Quintette (his spelling) sounded "crisper" and told a reporter he feared that "calling it a 'sextet' might get your mind off music". The Quintette was an attempt to revitalize Swing music through tight, busy arrangements and reduced reliance on improvisation. Scott called his musical style "descriptive jazz," and gave his idiosyncratic pieces unusual titles like "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House," "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," (in 1993 recorded by the Kronos Quartet), and "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner." While popular with the public, jazz critics disdained it as novelty music.