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Scott Bradley
Lassie Come Home: The Canine Cinema Collection
Tom and Jerry & Tex Avery Too! Vol. 1: The 1950s

Scott Bradley (1891–1977) was the in-house animation composer at M-G-M from 1934 to 1958, scoring the classic Tom and Jerry shorts by Hanna & Barbera as well as Tex Avery's cartoons (Droopy, the Wolf, Screwy Squirrel, etc.). Along with Carl Stalling at Warner Bros., Bradley invented what is today considered the classic Hollywood cartoon sound—the chaotic but inherently musical blend of pop/classical quotes and symphonic outbursts. Bradley was actually a modernist concert composer who also did occasional dramatic scoring at M-G-M; he took his work seriously and his cartoons became all the more hilarious because of it. IMDB

Leslie Bricusse
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Leslie Bricusse (b. 1931) is a British composer, lyricist and songwriter renowned for many classic songs, Broadway shows and collaborations. For film, he is best known for his movie musicals Doctor Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Scrooge and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as well as lyrics for songs such as James Bond themes "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" and several projects with John Williams (including Penelope and Superman: The Movie). IMDB

Bruce Broughton
CHiPs Vol. 1: Season Two, 1978-79
Ice Pirates, The
Logan’s Run: TV Series

Bruce Broughton (b. 1945) is one of the finest symphonic composers of his generation, with fan-favorite scores such as Silverado and Young Sherlock Holmes headlining many distinguished works for film and television. FSM has released some of his earlier, little-known TV work in episode scores from late 1970s series CHiPs and Logan's Run, as well as his eclectic comedy-sci-fi score for The Ice PiratesIMDB

Roy Budd
Coma/Westworld/The Carey Treatment
MGM Soundtrack Treasury

Roy Budd (1947-1993) was a child prodigy—a breathtaking jazz pianist—who burst onto the film scoring scene while still in his early twenties, writing a string of bluesy and utterly catchy scores to crime thrillers like Get Carter, Fear Is the Key, The Stone Killer and The Black Windmill. Away from urban jazz, he wrote memorable scores to Soldier Blue (a western), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (fantasy) and The Wild Geese (WWII). He more or less abandoned film scoring as the 1980s progressed—though he did write a complete score to the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera—and tragically died young (aged 46) of a cerebral hemorrhage. IMDB

David Buttolph
Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists, The

David Buttolph (1902-1983) was a prolific Hollywood Golden Age composer best known for his extended associations with Twentieth Century-Fox (1935-1947) and Warner Bros. (1948-1964)—primarily on "B" films, though some ended up as (cult) classics (Kiss of Death, House of Wax). He also collaborated on the scores of others, as on Alfred Newman's The Mark of Zorro. He finished his career largely in TV westerns; he wrote the theme to the 1957-1962 Maverick. IMDB

Benny Carter
Man Called Adam, A

Jazz great Benny Carter (1907-2003) was a saxophonist, bandleader, songwriter, composer, arranger and much more during his distinguished life. After working on Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and '50s, he became the first African-American composer to receive screen credit for an original score for television (on M Squad), and was also essential in helping Quincy Jones establish a film and television career. FSM proudly released his 1966 jazz score, A Man Called AdamIMDB

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Lassie Come Home: The Canine Cinema Collection

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) studied composition in his native Italy and established a growing reputation for his concert music before being forced to flee Europe. Like many other Jewish artists, he came to the United States in 1939 and settled in Hollywood. From 1941-1960 he composed music for nearly 200 films, most of which were partial scores for which he did not receive screen credit. His greatest contribution to the art of film music was as a teacher—his pupils included Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. IMDB
Frank Cordell
Khartoum/Mosquito Squadron

English composer Frank Cordell (1918-1980) had a successful career in the British film and TV industry and scored many notable pictures in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, among them Khartoum, Cromwell and Ring of Bright Water. He also wrote a number of concert works. He scored the horror film Demon aka God Told Me To after Miklós Rózsa declined, explaining, "God told me not to." See, where else are you going to learn this stuff but FSM? IMDB

Alexander Courage
Superman: The Music

Alexander Courage (1919-2008) wrote eight of the most famous notes in sci-fi and television history: the Star Trek fanfare, part of his work on the original 1966-1969 Gene Roddenberry classic. Before that he was best known as one of the finest arrangers in the history of Hollywood, contributing orchestrations to M-G-M classics like Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides and Seven Brothers and many others. As a composer, he scored other classic TV series like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space and The Waltons. Later in his career, he was one of the orchestrators of choice for the great Jerry Goldsmith. IMDB

Frank De Vol
Dirty Dozen, The
Patton/ The Flight of the Phoenix

Frank De Vol (1911-1999) was a bandleader, songwriter, composer and arranger who regularly scored the films of director Robert Aldrich; two of their collaborations, The Flight of the Phoenix and The Dirty Dozen, have been released by FSM. He also wrote a great deal of music for television (including the The Brady Bunch theme) and appeared on film and TV as a character actor, such as in the 1977 series Fernwood 2 NightIMDB

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