Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 10, 1897, pianist David L. Snell studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Wisconsin College, and the
Meyer Conservatory of Music. In addition to leading his own orchestra and serving as a musical director for stage productions, Snell was conductor, composer, and music director for M-G-M for 21 years.
He wrote music for the studio's series and the Pete Smith shorts, and a few of the films he composed music for were Andy Hardy Gets
Spring Fever, Dark Delusion, Lady In The Lake, A Southern Yankee, The Thin Man Goes Home, Undercover Maisie, Unholy Partners, The War Against Mrs. Hadley, Young Dr. Kildare, and The Youngest Profession. His songs include
“Under The Stars,” “Downstream Drifter,” “Come Back Little Girl Of Mine,” and “Once Over Lightly.” Snell died in his Glendale, California home on March 27, 1967.