"I love the process of writing music. That's where it's really most exciting. I look forward to that first performance, the hearing of the music I've written, whether it be for film or television or in a concert hall. After that it becomes part of the world out there, I don't quite have the same attachment to it that I did when I'm sitting in my room alone and writing it."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Charles Fox talks about his musical education, which included studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1959-61. He speaks about breaking 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 describes his work on 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. B-roll consists of Fox performing a medley of his television theme songs as well as "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Karen Herman conducted the interview in Encino, CA on June 29, 2004.