Big-band arranger and trumpeter Billy May died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 87.

Big-band arranger and trumpeter Billy May died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 87.

A veteran of the Charlie Barnet and Glenn Miller bands, May was best known for penning hard-swinging charts for Frank Sinatra, including such notable recordings as "Come Fly With Me" (1957), "Come Dance With Me" (1958), and "Trilogy" (1979).

He also supplied arrangements for Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Bobby Darin, the Carpenters, Dianne Schuur and the comedy recordings of Stan Freberg.