Favourite USA Composers

by mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 15 Nov 2017 | Public

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Personal favourites are Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith. John Williams is kinda uncomparable and for sure plays in a league of his own. Thanks for checking, enjoy.

1. Alan Williams

Composer | Amazon

Alan Williams is known for his work on Amazon (1997), Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa (2002) and The Princess and the Pea (2002).

2. Albert Glasser

Composer | The Gay Amigo

One of the most prolific B-movie composers, Albert Glasser started off as a copyist in the music department at Warner Brothers in the late 1930s, learning the art of film scoring from scratch while working under such big guns as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He graduated to orchestrating...

3. Angelo Badalamenti

Music_department | Mulholland Dr.

Angelo Badalamenti was born on March 22, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Mulholland Drive (2001), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).

4. Bebe Barron

Music_department | Forbidden Planet

Bebe Barron was born on June 16, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Charlotte May Wind. She is known for her work on Forbidden Planet (1956), El monstruo de los volcanes (1963) and 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements (1957). She was married to Leonard Neubauer and Louis Barron. She died on ...

5. Bill Conti

Composer | For Your Eyes Only

Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He is married to Shelby Cox. They have two children.

6. Billy Goldenberg

Music_department | Kojak

Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and songwriter, the son of Morris Goldenberg. He was educated at Columbia College (BA), where he composed and arranged the Columbia Varsity Shows, and also Camp Tamiment. He took private music studies with Hall Overton and he wrote incidental music for the ...

7. Billy May

Music_department | The Green Hornet

Distinguished multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter, arranger, conductor and songwriter whose instantly-recognizable style remains a longtime trademark. The son of a roofer and a youthful asthmatic, his physician advised therapy through playing the tuba. In his school band, he developed an appreciation...

8. Billy Strange

Soundtrack | Next

Billy Strange was born on September 29, 1930 in Long Beach, California, USA as William Everett Strange. He was married to Jeanne Black, Betty Jo Conrad and Joan O'Brien. He died on February 22, 2012 in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.

9. Bob Crewe

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Bob Crewe was an American songwriter, singer, manager, record producer and fine artist. His career is among the most varied, successful and innovative in pop music history. He is probably best known for producing and co-writing with Bob Gaudio a string of Top 10 singles for The Four Seasons. He is ...

10. Bob James

Soundtrack | The Big Hit

Bob James was born on December 25, 1939 in Marshall, Missouri, USA. He is a composer, known for The Big Hit (1998), Cop Out (2010) and Double Jeopardy (1999). He has been married to Judy Heric since September 1963. They have one child.

11. Burton Lane

Soundtrack | The Post

Composer, songwriter ("That Old Devil Moon") and author, educated at the High School of Commerce and Dwight Academy, and a private music student of Simon Bucharoff. At fifteen, he was a staff writer for the Remick Music Company. He wrote the Broadway stage scores for "Earl Carroll Vanities of 1931"...

12. Carl Davis

Composer | The General

Carl Davis was born on October 28, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The General (1926), City Lights (1931) and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). He has been married to Jean Boht since December 28, 1970. They have two children.

13. Carmine Coppola

Composer | Apocalypse Now

Composer, conductor, arranger and flautist, educated at the Manhattan School of Music (BA, MA) and Juilliard (on scholarship) (MM). He was first flautist for Radio City Music Hall from 1934 to 1936, the Detroit Symphony from 1936 to 1941, the NBC Toscanini Orchestra from 1942 to 1948 and staff ...

14. Charles Bernstein

Composer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Talented, prolific and versatile film composer Charles Bernstein was born on February 28, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He conducted his own orchestral music at age sixteen and studied composition with Vitorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti at Juilliard. Bernstein also attended the University ...

15. Charles Fox

Composer | National Lampoon's European Vacation

Born in the Bronx, 1940. Graduated High School of Music & Art in New York, then studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Before moving to Hollywood, wrote and played Latin music for Salsa legends including Tito Puente, Ray Baretto and Joe Quijano.

In addition to composing over 100 movie ...

16. Charles Wolcott

Music_department | Bambi

Charles Wolcott was born on September 29, 1906 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Bambi (1942), Song of the South (1946) and The Three Caballeros (1944). He died on January 26, 1987 in Haifa, Israel.

17. Chet Baker

Soundtrack | The Sixth Sense

Chet Baker started his career in the late forties. He became famous with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet in 1952. His solo in "My funny valentine" is a classic of the west coast jazz in the fifties. When Mulligan was arrested in 1953, Chet led the group until 1955, when he went to Europe. He also sang ...

18. Chico Hamilton

Soundtrack | Repulsion

Composer, conductor and drummer who formed his first band with schoolmates Ernie Royal, Charlie Mingus and Illinois Jacquet. He played in the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, Floyd Ray, Jim Mundy, Count Basie and Charlie Barnet. He formed a quartet with Gerry Mulligan in 1952, and then ...

19. Clay Pitts

Music_department | Jag - en oskuld

20. Craig Safan

Composer | Cheers

Craig Safan was born on December 17, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Cheers (1982), The Last Starfighter (1984) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988).

21. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

22. Dave Grusin

Composer | The Firm

Dave Grusin was born on June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado, USA as David Grusin. He is known for his work on The Firm (1993), The Graduate (1967) and Tootsie (1982). He was previously married to Edith Ruth Price, Sara Jane Tallman and Barbara Jo Davidson.

23. David Hess

Actor | The Last House on the Left

David Alexander Hess was born in New York City in 1936. He began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music, in 1957, under the pseudonym of David Hill. His first recording was a quick hit, which was later performed by and credited to Elvis Presley, "All Shook Up."

David went on to ...

24. David Amram

Composer | The Manchurian Candidate

David Amram has been described as "the Renaissance man of American music." He has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and many scores for theatre and films. He has collaborated with such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Mingus, ...

25. David Newman

Composer | The Nutty Professor

In his 25 year career, David Newman has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, Serenity, and Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakuel. Newman's music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and...

26. David Shire

Music_department | Zodiac

David Shire was born on July 3, 1937 in Buffalo, New York, USA as David Lee Shire. He is known for his work on Zodiac (2007), Short Circuit (1986) and Saturday Night Fever (1977). He has been married to Didi Conn since February 11, 1984. They have one child. He was previously married to Talia Shire.

27. Don Randi

Music_department | Stacey

Don Randi was born on February 25, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Schwartz. He is known for his work on Stacey (1973), Django and Bloody Mama (1970). He has been married to Norma Waterman since 1964. They have four children. He was previously married to Miti Carmizia.

28. Duke Ellington

Composer | Anatomy of a Murder

Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra ...

29. Earle Hagen

Composer | I Spy

Earle Hagen was born on July 9, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Earle Harry Hagen. He is known for his work on I Spy (1965), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Tango & Cash (1989). He was married to Laura Roberts (Gunn) and Lou Sidwell. He died on May 26, 2008 in Rancho Mirage, California, ...

30. Eddie Sauter

Soundtrack | Buffalo '66

Co-leader of the famed Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (1952-1958), composer, arranger and conductor, he was educated at Columbia University and Juilliard, and studied under Stefan Wolpe, Bernard Wagenaar, and Louis Gruenberg. He joined the Archie Bleyer Orchestra in 1932, and arranged for Red Norvo, ...

31. Elliot Goldenthal

Music_department | Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Elliot Goldenthal is an Academy Award-winning composer best known for his original music scores for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007), among his other works.

He was born on May 2, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a house-painter, and his mother was a seamstress. ...

33. Elmer Bernstein

Composer | Far from Heaven

Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various ...

34. Frank De Vol

Composer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Frank DeVol was born to Herman Frank DeVol and Minnie Emma Humphreys DeVol in Moundsville, West Virginia, on September 20, 1911. He grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father had a "pit" orchestra at the local movie house, and his mother had a sewing shop in Canton. His father was also an accountant. ...

35. Fred Karger

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Fred Karger was born on February 13, 1916 as Frederick Maxwell Karger Jr. He is known for his work on The Shape of Water (2017), From Here to Eternity (1953) and All Ashore (1953). He was married to Elizabeth Derrick, Jane Wyman and Patti Sacks. He died on August 5, 1979 in Santa Monica, California...

36. Fred Karlin

Composer | Westworld

Studied jazz composition with William Russo and graduated 'cum laude' from Amherst College in 1956.

37. Fred Myrow

Composer | Soylent Green

Composer Fred Myrow was born on July 16, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. His grandfather was music publishing giant, producer and manager Irving Mills and his father was noted composer Josef Myrow (he wrote the popular hit song "You Make Me Feel So Young"). He moved to Hollywood, California at age six....

38. George Bruns

Soundtrack | Babes in Toyland

Born in Oregon in 1914, George Bruns was the son of a sawmill worker. He took music lessons as a child, becoming proficient on the piano, tuba and trombone. He attended Oregon State Agricultural College, and in order to pay tuition he played in the ROTC band. Deciding on a musical career, he left ...

39. George Gershwin

Soundtrack | Manhattan

He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...

40. Geordie Hormel

Composer | The Washington Affair

George A. Hormel was the son of Jay Catherwood and Germaine (DuBois) Hormel, CEO's of the George A. Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota, the creators of Spam. He was the grandson of George A. Hormel, the founder of the Hormel meat packing plant in Austin. In his parent's Chateau-style home near ...

41. Gil Mellé

Composer | The Andromeda Strain

A recording artist, song writer, jazz musician and composer, Gil Melle launched his career in the sixties. He first displayed his talent for art work and was also a regular jazz performer in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1969, Gil Melle displayed his musical ...

43. Harry Connick Jr.

Actor | The Iron Giant

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ...

44. Harry Nilsson

Soundtrack | Magnolia

Harry Nilsson was born on June 15, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Harry Edward Nilsson III. He was married to Una Mary O'Keeffe, Diane Clatworthy and Sandra Lee McTaggart. He died on January 15, 1994 in Agoura Hills, California, USA.

45. Hugo Montenegro

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Hugo Montenegro was born on September 2, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA as Hugo Mario Montenegro. He is known for his work on Strange Days (1995), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and Labor Day (2013). He died on February 6, 1981 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

46. Jack Ackerman

Soundtrack | Faces

Jack Ackerman was born on September 20, 1931 in New Jersey, USA. He died on April 27, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. Jack Nitzsche

Soundtrack | An Officer and a Gentleman

Jack Nitzsche was born on April 22, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bernard Alfred Nitzsche. He was married to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Gracia Ann May. He died on August 25, 2000 in Hollywood, California, USA.

48. James Horner

Music_department | Titanic

James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...

49. Jay Chattaway

Composer | Star Trek: Voyager

Jay Chattaway was born on July 8, 1946 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a composer, known for Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).

50. Jeff Alexander

Music_department | Singin' in the Rain

Composer, author, conductor and arranger. He was educated at the Becker Conservatory, and studied under Edmund Ross and Joseph Schillinger. For his work on "The Seeing Eye", he was presented with the New York International Film Fest Award. He joined ASCAP in 1952, and his chief musical ...

51. Jerry Fielding

Composer | The Wild Bunch

A three-time Oscar nominee, Jerry Fielding was among the boldest and most experimental of all Hollywood film composers. His music typically utilized advanced compositional procedures, producing dense, often richly dissonant orchestral textures, sometimes flavored with jazz. Fielding's film music ...

52. Jerry Goldsmith

Composer | L.A. Confidential

Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...

54. Jimmie Haskell

Soundtrack | The Matrix

Jimmie Haskell was born on November 7, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Sheridan Pearlman. He is known for his work on The Matrix (1999), Josie's Castle (1971) and Big (1988). He died on February 4, 2016 in Laguna Niguel, California, USA.

55. Jimmy Webb

Soundtrack | Heat

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb was born on August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma. His father was a Baptist minister. An avid lover of music since he was a little boy, Webb made his first public appearance as a performer playing the organ at his father's church. He also ...

56. Joe Delia

Composer | King of New York

Joe Delia is best known for his extensive work as a composer for feature films and television. Born in Brooklyn New York, the fourth of thirteen children, his family moved to the suburbs in the fifties, and in time began studying piano. By age thirteen a group was formed with his older brothers and...

57. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

58. John Corigliano

Composer | Le violon rouge

John Corigliano was born on February 16, 1938 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Red Violin (1998), Altered States (1980) and Revolution (1985).

59. John Lurie

Composer | Get Shorty

John Lurie is a musician, actor, and painter. In 1978, he formed The Lounge Lizards jazz ensemble with his brother Evan, and the band made music for 20 years. Lurie has also composed scores for films, and his soundtrack for Get Shorty (1995) was nominated for a Grammy award. He had starring roles ...

60. John Sebastian

Soundtrack | Blowup

John Sebastian was born on March 17, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as John Benson Sebastian. He is known for his work on Blow-Up (1966), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and The Postman (1997). He has been married to Catherine Barnett since 1972. They have two children. He was previously ...

61. John Simon

Soundtrack | Last Summer

John Simon was born on August 11, 1941 in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA as John Spier Simon.

62. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

63. Johnny Green

Music_department | West Side Story

Composer-pianist-arranger Johnny Green was born in Far Rockaway, New York. The son of musical parents, Green was accepted by Harvard at the age of 15, and entered the University in 1924. Between semesters, bandleader Guy Lombardo heard his Harvard Gold Coast Orchestra and hired him to create dance ...

64. Johnny Mandel

Music_department | MASH

Johnny Mandel was born on November 23, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA as John Alfred Mandel. He is known for his work on MASH (1970), The Sandpiper (1965) and See You in Hell, Darling (1966).

65. Kenyon Hopkins

Music_department | 12 Angry Men

Served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

66. Laurence Rosenthal

Composer | Clash of the Titans

Composer Laurence Rosenthal was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied piano and composition at the Eastman School of Music and later with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His symphonic compositions have been premiered by Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philarmonic, among others. He has composed ...

67. Lennie Niehaus

Composer | The Bridges of Madison County

Lennie Niehaus was born on June 11, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leonard Niehaus. He is known for his work on The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Space Cowboys (2000) and Unforgiven (1992).

68. Lionel Newman

Music_department | Hello, Dolly!

Lionel Newman was the youngest of a triumvirate of accomplished virtuosos, composers and conductors, who dominated the music department at 20th Century Fox for more than four decades. Already a highly regarded pianist by the age of 15, Lionel went on the national vaudeville circuit as accompanist ...

69. Marvin Hamlisch

Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...

70. Michael Galasso

Composer | Faa yeung nin wa

Michael Galasso was born on April 5, 1949 in Hammond, Louisiana, USA. He was a composer, known for In the Mood for Love (2000), Chungking Express (1994) and Séraphine (2008). He died on September 9, 2009 in Paris, France.

71. Michael Kamen

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.

72. Michael Stearns

Composer | Alpha

Michael Stearns is a composer and soundtrack designer/producer. His credits include music and soundtrack production for television, feature films, theme parks, twenty one IMAX films and seventeen solo albums. He has created music for Disney Films, HBO, ABC's "The World of Explorers", 20/20, ...

73. Mundell Lowe

Composer | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

Jazz legend Mundell Lowe learned to play guitar from the age of six, growing up in and around Laurel, Mississippi, the son of a Baptist minister. He helped his father hoe cotton on his farm but had no aspirations to work on the land. Aged ten, he acquired his first six-string guitar and became ...

74. Neal Hefti

Soundtrack | The Lego Batman Movie

Composer ("'Batman' Theme), conductor, arrager and trumpeter, educated in high school and through private music study. He was a trumpeter and arranger with dance orchestras including those of Harry James, Woody Herman, and Charlie Spivak between 1941 and 1951. He was a staff arranger and arranger ...

75. Nelson Riddle

Music_department | The Great Gatsby

Versatile Ameican arranger/conducter who started as a trombonist with several big bands, including Tommy Dorsey. In a long, distinguished career, he not only scored numerous films and television shows, but made many now-legendary recordings in collaboration with such people as Rosemary Clooney, Nat...

76. Oliver Nelson

Music_department | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Oliver Nelson began playing piano at age six and picked up the saxophone when he was eleven. Later he continued his musical education at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as studying with composer Elliott Carter. Nelson gained practical experience by playing in bands with Erskine Hawkins, ...

77. Patrick Williams

Composer | Lou Grant

Patrick Williams is one of the most versatile composers in the music industry. Having composed well over 150 scores for theatrical features and television films, as well as records and concert works, Williams is a man of diverse talents. He has received twenty-one Emmy nominations, twelve Grammy ...

78. Paul Glass

Music_department | One Life to Live

79. Paul Hoffert

Composer | Outrageous!

Paul Hoffert was born on September 22, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Outrageous! (1977), The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972) and Wild Horse Hank (1979).

80. Paul Williams

Soundtrack | Phantom of the Paradise

Known for timeless classics such as "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Evergreen", "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Rainbow Connection", Paul Williams is responsible for what will remain part of our popular culture for many years to come. His music has been recorded by some ...

81. Pete King

Music_department | An Affair to Remember

Composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at the University of Michigan and the Cincinnati Conservatory. He was an arranger for singers and orchestras, then a conductor for radio and television, recordings and films. Joining ASCAP in 1957, his popular-song compositions include "The ...

82. Peter Schickele

Composer | Silent Running

Peter Schickele is a renowned American composer. Inspired by the music of Spike Jones, as a young teenager, he also studied composition and music history at Juilliard. After graduating from Juilliard he asked himself what in the world he was going to do with a PhD in music history, and proceeded to...

83. Philip Glass

Soundtrack | The Truman Show

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...

84. Quincy Jones

Producer | The Color Purple

Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter.

Jones found his love for music while he was ...

85. Randy Edelman

Music_department | The Last of the Mohicans

Randy Edelman was born on June 10, 1947 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) and Six Days Seven Nights (1998). He has been married to Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. They have one child.

86. Richard Band

Composer | Re-Animator

Richard Howard Band (born December 28, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA) is an American composer of film and television music. He has scored more than 80 films, including From Beyond which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival. His score for ...

87. Ronald Stein

Composer | Last Woman on Earth

Composer, conductor, pianist and author Ronald Stein was educated at Washington University (BA), the Yale School of Music and the University of Southern California. In college he wrote musical shows. He was named the assistant musical director for the St. Louis Municipal Opera in 1950, 1951 and ...

88. Rudy Vallee

Actor | The Palm Beach Story

Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked...

89. Ry Cooder

Soundtrack | Primary Colors

Born in Santa Monica, Ca., Ry Cooder, at the age of four had an accident which left him blind in one eye. He became a bit secluded and began playing the guitar. His biggest influences include Blind Willie Johnson, Arthur "Blind" Blake, Joseph Spence and Curtis Mayfield. Cooder has played on several...

90. Sol Kaplan

Soundtrack | Virtuosity

Child prodigy on the piano, performing at Carnegie Hall by the age of 21. During World War II, wrote music for the Army Signal Corps and the OSS (precursor of the CIA) film units. First solo feature motion picture work "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), then at Eagle-Lion (1948), then 20th Century Fox. ...

91. Stanley Wilson

Music_department | M Squad

Co-composed the Revue/Universal Studios TV jingle with Juan García Esquivel.

92. Steve Allen

Soundtrack | The Steve Allen Show

Steve Allen was born on December 26, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. He was married to Jayne Meadows and Dorothy Goodman. He died on October 30, 2000 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.

93. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...

94. Tom Waits

Actor | Seven Psychopaths

Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he ...

95. Vic Mizzy

Soundtrack | Deliver Us from Evil

Vic Mizzy was born on January 9, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Deliver Us from Evil (2014), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and The Addams Family (1991). He died on October 17, 2009 in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, USA.

96. Vincent Gallo

Actor | Buffalo '66

Vincent Gallo. American-born, Buffalo, New York, 1961. Left home, moved to New York City in 1978, and began playing in the experimental musical group, Gray, with artist Jean Michel Basquiat. After leaving Gray, he formed the band, Bohack, and recorded the highly regarded avant-garde industrial ...

97. Walter Scharf

Music_department | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner and ten-time Oscar-nominee Walter Scharf was born and raised in New York City, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants. He started playing music at an early age, helping his uncle play the piano in theaters for silent films. His mother Bessie Zwerling was a well-known ...

98. Wendy Carlos

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939. She underwent a sex-change operation in 1972, details of which she revealed during a surprise Playboy interview in 1979. Walter's last credited release is "...

99. Werner Janssen

Composer | The Southerner

Conductor, composer and songwriter, a music student of Frederick Converse and holder of an honorary Mus. D. from Dartmouth College and a Prix de Rome from The American Academy in Rome. He was associate conductor (with Arturo Toscanini) of the New York Philharmonic in 1934, and conducted symphony ...

100. William Loose

Soundtrack | Cruel Intentions

Prolific composer and orchestrator, who often worked on cartoon scores, as well as writing TV themes for such series as "Trackdown" and "Wanted: Dead or Alive". During World War II, he worked as arranger for the U.S. Army Air Forces Orchestra in New York. Loose later partnered Billy May in a ...



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