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 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

He died yesterday (2/6) at age 88. NFL fans know well the memorable music he wrote over the years for NFL Films productions.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000633883/article/sam-spence-longtime-nfl-films-composer-dies-at-88

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Nooooooo!!!

RIP

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Loved his music from the first time I heard it on NFL highlight films. A great loss.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)



 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

This tune could fit right into most Italian western scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

It's the older music that I remember best. This was from 45 years ago.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

He actually passed away on Super Bowl Sunday? Really love the Autumn Thunder collection. He gave us so much iconic music. RIP. (The first example “Round Up” was lovingly played in a montage on King of Queens.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

not well known in the UK but obviously popular.. my condolonces.

BTW listen to the equalizer ... its just like the lifeforce theme by mancini

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2016 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

not well known in the UK but obviously popular.. my condolonces.

BTW listen to the equalizer ... its just like the lifeforce theme by mancini


Some NFL music in the 70's and 80's were inspired by film scores like Magnificent Seven, Superman, Supergirl, etc.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

If Sam Spence had composed scores for science fiction instead of American Football highlights, he would be routinely worshipped as a hero among film score fans.

I love it that Spence wasn't even an NFL fan yet he was able to recognize the drama and with his music make game highlights into epic adventures in their own right.

Last night's game (way to go, Broncos!) could have used the Sam Spence touch. wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

If Sam Spence had composed scores for science fiction instead of American Football highlights, he would be routinely worshipped as a hero among film score fans.

I love it that Spence wasn't even an NFL fan yet he was able to recognize the drama and with his music make game highlights into epic adventures in their own right.

Last night's game (way to go, Broncos!) could have used the Sam Spence touch. wink


Wonderfully stated. Other than the Broncos comment.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thanks, sol.smile

Sam Spence- "Classic Battle" (epic!!!)/"Roundu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVlcjWBj00

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

So much of his music perfectly captured "the modern gladiator".

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

I will miss Sam Spence. His music is an awesome legacy. IMO, NFL Films and the NFL Network owe much of their success to Mr. Spence’s work. Personally it was his music, largely, that actually attracted me to pro football. As a child in the 60s I did have some interest in the game, but it essentially was a tv special, “They Call it Pro Football” that hooked me on the highlight shows like “This Week In Pro Football”, etc., that were far more interesting to me than watching individual games. His music and that of other composers from the De Wolfe and other library music sources is still some of my top favorite for listening pleasure, much more so than the music of today’s highlight films. He wrote some really good music not related to NFL Films as well.
Thank you, Sam Spence, for fifty years of musical enjoyment!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

It's kind of eerie that he would die the day before the Super Bowl. The San Francisco Symphony just held a concert with N.F.L. Films music just for two consecutive nights before his death. R.I.P. Sam Spence. You were the "sound" of N.F.L. Films.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Awesone and amazing. Have autumn thunder 10 cd collection. Bought as soon as discovered existed when was in print. Highly recommended. As is my custom when a great dies and either have/can get digitally or have on cd, playing right now.

Was always kind of sad that by the time nygiants came into their own they neither got sam nor the VOICE. Kills superbowl xxi and xxv highlights for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2016 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Here are two albums of his Ive never heard of on itunes

American Odyssey by Sam Spence
https://itun.es/us/iYsh5

Super Bowl Memories by Sam Spence
https://itun.es/us/Y9kHV

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2016 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Not forgetting:



I'm not a Raiders fan (I support the Falcons) but it's a stirring theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2016 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ian J: Thanks for that. I've been searching for that one. Long remembered and one of my favorites. It doesn't seem to be present on that 10-CD set, "Autumn Thunder."

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2016 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Ian J: Thanks for that. I've been searching for that one. Long remembered and one of my favorites. It doesn't seem to be present on that 10-CD set, "Autumn Thunder."

I've just looked up the listing for the set on allmusic.com (http://www.allmusic.com/album/autumn-thunder-40-years-of-nfl-films-music-mw0000439693#no-js) and it appears to be disc 4, track 3, but as I don't have the set itself, I can't check the whole track.

 
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