Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Remembering Daniel J. White

Daniel White was born on May 22, 1912, in Malakoff, a suburb of Paris, France. His ancestors were Scottish. White grew up in West Yorkshire. His family moved to Paris while Daniel was still young and it was originally planned the he would enter the family business in the textile sector. After the company went bankrupt, White was fortunately able to pursue his love of music.

During World War II, he worked as an interpreter in the British army and was seriously injured during the Dunkirk evacuation. After the war, Daniel played the piano in nightclubs and cabarets. He composed the soundtrack for his first film in 1947. He wrote jingles for many TV commercials of the 1950s, for Polo, or Kit-Kat-E, which were seen on British television.

Daniel composed the soundtracks of several films made by Spanish filmmaker Jesus Franco. It began with “The Sadist” (1962). In addition, he also made music for films made by Pierre Chevalier, Lucien and Leon Klimovsky. In addition, Daniel White recorded a large volume of albums under many pseudonyms, including albums for Comedy Records as Emile Colorado, rock records as Guy Forlane, and organ music as Virginia Morgan.

White was an incredibly prolific musician, he was known to be capable of recording 12 tracks for an album in one day. His favorite composers were Debussy and Ravel. Daniel White was particularly interested in composing for the human voice. As well as composing soundtracks for Jesus Franco, White also played in a handful of Franco’s films. He was usually seen as a police inspector and even worked as a production assistant on several films of Franco’s in the early 1970s. White composed scores for four Euro-westerns: “Billy the Kid” (1963), “Cavalry Charge” (1964), “Django Does Not Forgive” (1966) and “The Girls of the Golden Saloon” (1973). White died at age 85 May 24, 1997. Today we remember Daniel J. White on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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