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 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Jason Foster   (Member)

I've always loved Tamara Kline's theme for CBS' coverage of the Winter Olympics in the '90s. So I got in touch with her to talk about it, and I wrote a story for Sporting News.

http://www.sportingnews.com/athletics/news/tamara-kline-winter-olympic-theme-music-cbs-1992-1994-1998-video-recording/rwe9tz1oom4418fwa2a13ifq4

I know there's been discussion of the theme on this board before, so I figured there would be interest.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Very nice article. Thank you.


I think a CD with all her material, and bonus demo cues from the 200 who submitted (there's got to be a lot of good stuff in there!) would be terrific. I wonder if that other composer they hired recorded anything.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Jason Foster   (Member)

Very nice article. Thank you.


I think a CD with all her material, and bonus demo cues from the 200 who submitted (there's got to be a lot of good stuff in there!) would be terrific. I wonder if that other composer they hired recorded anything.


Thanks! There wasn't another composer hired, at least not to my knowledge. She just meant that she assumed someone other than her had been hired.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Nice article! Not much of Tamara Kline's film and television music is commercially available, but I was very glad we were able to release some of it on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, VOL. 3 (she wrote six minutes of music for the episode "Heart of Steel, Part I," and also orchestrated a good portion of Shirley Walker's "Prophecy of Doom").

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

Thanks for sharing, Jason!! Nice article.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

This could get re-purposed for figure skating. If film scores can be licensed to get used for skaters, so could this is CBS was so inclined to play ball.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Jason Foster   (Member)

Bump for the evening crowd.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

What a profoundly depressing story re: Her exit from the music industry. Such a shame. She was clearly very gifted and the shifting/lowering tastes of filmmakers, combined with the ease of technology allowing any old hack to call themselves a "composer", pushed her away from her art forever.

Depressing beyond belief.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I have been obsessed with this music for years. It is sad to know that it will never be released.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2018 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Jason Foster   (Member)

Bumping this one more time, in case anyone missed it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2018 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Thank you, Jason, so much for your diligence in researching this topic, a particular favorite of mine. I very much enjoyed your article and did learn some useful things.

Like the others who have posted before me, I was enthralled with and haunted by Tamara Kline's grand, noble, and uplifting Olympic Music for CBS. In the years after CBS lost their Olympic contract, I was very interested in the fate of her music. I had searched the Internet and had assembled a file of her contact information, hoping to appeal to her, so the music could be released. But I was too bashful to ever contact her, and I never did. I read a few posts by others who actually had tried to contact her about the music, and they reported not receiving a reply. So I was disheartened about me (a nobody here in New Jersey) approaching her (a big shot in Los Angeles). I even wanted to help finance the release of the music. I still do. If it could happen, I'd be there.

About 10 years ago, I decided to go to someone closer to my neck of the woods, to investigate what was what was what with her music. I e-mailed our own Ray Faiola, who I knew worked right there in the heart of the beast at CBS in New York as Director of Audience Services. I asked Ray to check out what Tamara Kline Olympic Music the CBS Music Library had in their archives. Ray was kind enough to take on the task and did research it. When he got back to me, he could only report that CBS said they did not have the Tamara Kline music in their archives. (???) The Music Library did tell him that she did retain ownership of the music. The exact legalities of who controls what, who had physical ownership of the actual sheet music and orchestral parts (in case a re-recording becomes possible), who has the original music masters, and where the actual music masters did reside could not be determined. It was my impression/conclusion over a decade ago that it was the CBS Music Library's position that Tamara Kline's CBS contract gave her total control of her Olympic Music and, for whatever combination of personal-legal-financial reasons, that music just could not be released. With that "inside information" right from the CBS Music Library, I let it go at that. I always had this idle mental fantasy of walking right into the CBS Music Library, plunking down $5,000-$10,000 in cash, and walking out with a nice complete CDR copy of the music.

After reading your article, Jason, perhaps the CBS Music Library gave Ray Faiola incomplete, misleading, or downright mistaken information. If they DO have the music, then there can be a starting point for someone with persistence. And cash.

In consolation, we do have some YouTube examples of her wonderful Olympic music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOEJThnMCXY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFRF3dXYHAo&feature=youtu.be&t=47
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFRF3dXYHAo&feature=youtu.be&t=47

Well, we have lots of cliches that express the thoughts "Never say never" and "Hope springs eternal."

Tamara, if you have a chance to read this, THANK YOU for your wonderful music for the Olympics. It has enriched our musical life. Whenever there are Winter Olympics, I think of your thrilling, uplifting music and smile a secret smile to myself. smile And I'm glad you found fulfillment in a second career in the medical field, which is where I am (I'm an OB/GYN). I'm ready to help you if there is ever a chance your music can see the light of day.

I'm willing to pick up the gauntlet and charge the windmill again. Are there any Sancho Panzas out there who want to help? Or should I "pay them a visit" at CBS with a few Soprano-types with baseball bats? smile (Just kidding, you serious types. No violence intended. Just my odd sense of humor.)

Ron Burbella, MD

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2018 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

That's a tremendous amount of work, Ron. Good job.

Jason Foster, have you given her a link to this thread, or should I?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2018 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Jason Foster   (Member)

That's a tremendous amount of work, Ron. Good job.

Jason Foster, have you given her a link to this thread, or should I?


I've not given her a link. But as was mentioned in the story, even she doesn't have tapes of these recordings, apart from a few of the shorter bumpers. She said she loves her new career, so I don't know at this point what level of effort she'd be willing or able to put toward getting this music released.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2018 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Gooberdoodle   (Member)

Great article, Jason. Thank you.

 
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