Archive for the ‘Television Music’ Category

The Archive’s Dick Clark interview featured on TV Land Online

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Bandstand fans: check out this new 5-minute video produced by our partner TV Land Online featuring excerpts from the Archive’s Dick Clark interview (conducted in 1999). In the photo-filled piece, he discusses his journey from radio to hosting American Bandstand — the show’s groundbreaking racial integration, the move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and the many cultural changes the program reflected throughout the decades it aired.

Composer Mike Post’s Archive of American Television Interview is Online!

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Mike Post, who composed the theme songs for Hill Street Blues, The Greatest American Hero, and L. A. Law, and many others spoke about his long and distinguished career in music composition. Post was one of the featured composer’s last night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences evening “Another Opening Another Show” which celebrated TV Theme Music. Among the other composers in attendance were Archive interviewees Earle Hagen and Vic Mizzy (to be posted online soon).

Click here to watch Mike Post’s 3-hour Archive of American Television interview (in 6 parts).

Interview Description:
Mike Post was interviewed for nearly three hours in Burbank, CA. Post talked about his early interests in music and his formative years as a studio musician. He discussed his first big break in television as the musical director of the newly revamped The Andy Williams Show (1969-71), making him the youngest person to have that title at the time. He discussed his longtime partnership with Pete Carpenter and their collaborative efforts on many of the major dramatic shows of the 1970s and ‘80s. He spoke about his chance meeting with Stephen J. Cannell that led to his extensive work with Cannell and his colleagues Dick Wolf and Steven Bochco. He described the work of a television composer as someone who layers their art on another’s in a true spirit of collaboration. He outlined his compositions and memorable theme songs for such series as The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues, The Greatest American Hero, L.A. Law, Cop Rock (theme by Randy Newman) and Law & Order. He was interviewed on May 25, 2005 by Stephen J. Abramson.

Archive Interviewee Gerald Fried Joins the Topanga Symphony for a Free Concert

Saturday, August 18th, 2007



Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Topanga Community House
1140 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290


Jerome Kessler – Music Director and Conductor
Gerald Fried – Oboe

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Airs de Ballet Suite #1
Benedetto Marcello - Oboe Concerto in C minor
H. Maurice Jacquet - Pour un Petit Chien Clown
Johannes Wenzeslaus Kalivoda - Symphony No. 6 in F

No tickets or reservations required.
For further details call (818) 591-8477

Gerald Fried’s 2-hour interview interview is online. Click here to access all segments.

Interview description:

Gerald Fried talked about his early work as the composer of Stanley Kubrick’s first films, including his pulsating score for The Killing. Fried then discussed his work as a composer for television that began at Revue Studios. He described his continued composing for television in the 1960s, highlighted by such series as Gilligan’s Island (including one episode where he had musicians blow into bottles to simulate sea shell instruments) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (including an episode entirely done with kazoos). He spoke in great detail about his work on the classic science fiction series Star Trek, for which he was one of the most significant contributors. He discussed his scores for such classic episodes as “Shore Leave”and “Amok Time.” Additionally, he spoke about his later work for television movies and miniseries (including Roots). B-roll (end of Part 4) consisted of Fried performing three pieces on the oboe from his Star Trek compositions as well as several still photos from recording sessions. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on June 26, 2003.

TV Land and the Archive of American Television Celebrate Elvis Presley

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Thirty years ago today, Elvis Presley died but his popularity never faded. His career was highlighted by several landmark television appearances. The Archive of American Television interviewed several of the behind-the-scenes professionals behind these shows and their stories are being highlighted on TV Land and its website.

Performer and host Milton Berle talks about his first meeting with Elvis that occurred when his manager wanted Berle to audition him.

Agent Larry Auerbach described booking Elvis on his first TV show.

Director/Producer Steve Binder talks about the ‘68 Comeback Special.

Director/producer Marty Pasetta reminisces about pitching his ideas for the Elvis Aloha from Hawaii special, the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite.

To link to these stories click here.

In the month of August, TV Land will show Elvis highlights including airings of Elvis’ ‘Great Performance’ series, ‘Ed Sullivan’s Rock & Roll Classics, the ‘68 Comeback Special’, ‘Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers’, homemade movies ‘Elvis by the Presleys’, Made-for-TV movie ‘Elvis & Me’, and the worldwide phenomenon ‘Aloha from Hawaii’.

Oscar®-winning Songwriter Ray Evans Has Died

Friday, February 16th, 2007
Ray Evans (left), interviewer Jon Burlingame (center),
Jay Livingston (right) prior to the Archive interview.

Ray Evans, who co-wrote such popular television theme songs as “Mister Ed” and who won an Oscar for the song “Buttons and Bows” has died at the age of 92.

The Archive of American Television interviewed both Evans and his late partner Jay Livingston (1915-2001) on February 8, 2000. Their interview can be viewed at Television Academy Headquarters.

Interview description:
Ray Evans and his partner Jay Livingston were interviewed for nearly an hour-and-a-half by Jon Burlingame in Los Angeles, CA. They discussed the genesis of their 60-year partnership, and how they came to Hollywood to write songs for the movies. The duo recalled signing a contract at Paramount Pictures, and the many projects that followed. Mr. Burlingame encouraged them to discuss their Oscar nominated and winning tunes, including “Buttons and Bows,” “Mona Lisa,” “Que Sera, Sera” and “Tammy.” They also humorously recalled writing the now classic Christmas song, “Silver Bells,” for the Bob Hope film “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Later, they discussed at length the title songs they wrote for such television shows as Bonanza, Mr. Ed and The Doris Day Show, and marveled at the lasting popularity of those tunes. They also mentioned their collaboration with composer Henry Mancini, and spoke about the entertainers that they have written for throughout the years, including Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney and Debbie Reynolds. The interview was conducted on February 8, 2000.

Dick Clark Celebrates 35 Years of "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve"

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebrates its 35th anniversary with the Dec 31, 2006-January 1, 2007 special.

Dick Clark spoke about his first New Year’s special in 1959 and his inaguaration of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972, when he was interviewed by the Archive of American Television (scroll to 24 minutes into the segment below) on July 29, 1999.

To access Dick Clark’s entire Archive intervew, click here.

This year, the show expands from one to a record three performances, live from the show’s exclusive performance stage on Military Island before almost a million people, and tens of million more viewers at home. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host three specials from New York, making three and a half hours of special New Year’s programming:

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007″ (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007,” Part 1 (11:35 p.m. -1:05 a.m., ET)
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007,” Part 2 (1:05-2:05 a.m., ET)

Link to Official ABC site.

Charles Fox’s Archive of American Television Interview Is Now Online

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Composer Charles Fox’s two-and-a-half hour Archive of American Television interview has been added to the online collection at Google Video. This is tape 2 of Charles Fox’s interview in which he talks about the early days of electronic music. Click here to view the entire 7-part interview.

Charles Fox is the composer of many of television’s most memorable theme songs including the theme songs for “Love, American Style,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Love Boat,” and “Angie.”

Interview description:

Fox begins by talking about his musical education, which included studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1959-61. He explains how he broke into composing for television, writing transition material for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as well as the bold and energetic theme song for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He speaks in great detail about Love American Style, a series for which he wrote the theme song and scored music for the entire series run. He describes other series for which he both scored the theme song and created libraries for track music. He looks back on his work for Laverne & Shirley, including details about the pilot presentation and the creation of the theme song and main title. Additionally he talks about his work on the series: Happy Days, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, and The Paper Chase. He also discusses his work in television movies (including Victory at Entebbe) and feature films (including The Other Side of the Mountain and Foul Play), as well as composing other popular songs. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on June 29, 2004.