Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Remembering Jerry Goldsmith

Born Jerrald King “Jerry” Goldsmith on February 10, 1929, in Los Angeles, California, Goldsmith was an American film composer, who was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning only once for “The Omen” (1976). He also won 4 Emmy Awards. Although he worked in a wide variety of film and television shows he is mostly remembered for his Action, Western and Sci-Fi Horror film scores. Goldsmith had affection for the city of London and conducted many of his scores with British orchestras. Jerry is probably the American composer who most closely captured the feel of the Spaghetti Western. His scores in this genre were 1969s “100 Rifles” and 1975’s “Take a Hard Ride”. Jerry died on July 21, 2004. We remember him today on what would have been his 80th birthday.

4 comments:

  1. I enjoy his main theme for HOUR OF THE GUN especially. Great track.

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  2. To be 100% clear I mean the track called "Main Title", not the main title called "Hour of the Gun" ;-)

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  3. I agree ephedrino, HOUR OF THE GUN "main theme" track is excellent.

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  4. I always thought it a great curiousity that he got the Oscar for perhaps the least of his scores - the dreadful THE OMEN.

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