Two for Tuesday: Ron Grainer

Ron Grainer was born in Australia and did most of his work in the UK. He wrote theme music for a number of TV shows, most famously:

Doctor Who

The Prisoner

Steptoe and Son

This was the basis for the 1970’s show Sanford and Son. Wilfrid Brambell, who played Paul McCartney’s grandfather in A Hard Day’s Night, played the elder Steptoe.

Maigret (1960)

That Was The Week That Was (UK, 1962)

And that’s just a sample of his work. A partial list of his work in film and television is available on Wikipedia.

Ron Grainer, your Two for Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Two for Tuesday: Jack Elliott

Jack Elliott graduated from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford. He worked as a jazz pianist in New York and Paris before Judy Garland brought him to California to do arrangements for her TV show. He moved from that to being the music director for The Andy Williams Show. He co-founded and ran the American Jazz Philharmonic and created the Henry Mancini Institute, and has been music director for the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and spent 30 years as music director of the Grammy Awards. He also has scored films (Oh God!, The Jerk, Where’s Poppa?) and television shows, including writing the theme songs for these series:

Barney Miller (with Allyn Ferguson)

Charlie’s Angels (with Allyn Ferguson)

Night Court

Jack Elliott, your Two for Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Two For Tuesday: Frank De Vol

Frank De Vol had a great run as a composer for TV and film as well as a deadpan comic actor. You might remember that he played bandleader Happy Kyne in Fernwood Tonight and America 2-Night and had the recurring role of Sammy on The Jeffersons. He was a composer in film projects, and received four Academy Award nominations, most notably for Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? in 1967. He also composed theme music for television…

Family Affair

Gidget

My Three Sons

The Brady Bunch

Grindl

Frank De Vol, your Two for Tuesday, December 31, 20190. Happy New Year!

Two For Tuesday: Henry Mancini

When I first started doing Two for Tuesday, one of my early posts was about Henry Mancini, who I consider to be in a league with John Williams, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and all the other great American composers. He frequently collaborated with producer/director Blake Edwards, most notably composing the "Pink Panther" theme that was used in all of those movies and the music for the film Victor/Victoria. He also wrote theme songs for two of Edwards’s TV shows…

Mr. Lucky

Peter Gunn, which was said to be the first time jazz was used in a theme song.

His non-Edwards related theme songs include…

Remington Steele

Newhart

Henry Mancini, your Two for Tuesday, December 24, 2019.