Alexander Courage

“The Idea of film music, mostly, is to lead the audience around emotionally and to enhance the scene emotionally. You can establish time and place sometimes and you can fill in the gaps.” Alexander Courage has been doing as he describes for nearly four decades in a career that spans radio, film and television. He…

Read more

Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy’s professional music career began in the late 1960’s as a keyboardist and arranger for Glen Campbell’s TV show. After four years on the popular variety show. McCarthy began doing orchestrations for Alex North on the film WISE BLOOD, and scored a small and ‘unnamed film in England before finding a niche in Hollywood…

Read more

Fred Steiner

Fred Steiner started in radio in New York City in 1943. Initially working as an orchestrator for Nathan Van Cleave, Steiner soon found himself composing and arranging music for radio shows. When one of the shows Steiner was doing, THIS IS YOUR F.B.I. moved its production to Hollywood, Steiner came out as well, renewing his…

Read more

George Duning

George Duning started out as a trumpet player, performing both jazz and symphony music, in the 1930s. Eventually he began making arrangements for dance bands, and soon became music director for the Kay Kyser Band from 1938 to 1944. In 1944 Duning went into the Naval Unit of the Armed Forces Radio Service, where he…

Read more

Gerald Fried

After studying music in New York, Gerald Fried began film scoring in the 1950’s with low-budget B-movies such as THE CRY BABY KILLER (1958), THE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958). TIMBUKTU (1959) and the like (including his childhood friend Stanley Kubrick’s first three films). Fried eventually gained a reputation in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a…

Read more

Ron Jones

34-year old composer Ron Jones learned his trade in the highly-regimented musical choreography of high school Drum & Bugle Corps before going on to major in music at Seattle Pacific University. Jones began work as a copyist for Hanna-Barbera, working with composer Hoyt Curtin on Saturday morning TV cartoons. A friend of his persuaded him…

Read more