From beginnings as a trumpet player for the Lionel Hampton big band in the late 1940s, rose to become the pre-eminent jazz composer and arranger of the late 20th century, a peer of Henry Mancini and Nelson Riddle. Known for film scores and television themes but also enormously successful as a pop record producer. Created Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which held the record for best-selling album of all time for many years, and "We Are the World," the famine relief recording in which dozens of top musical stars participated at his request.
Biography and interview with the 1984 inductee, including several historic photos.
Noted composer for films and television from the 1960s into the 21st century. Offers hundreds of links for his scores, themes, producing, acting roles and appearances as himself.
Biography emphasizes range of musical styles including collaborators such as Stephen Sondheim, Ice-T, and Frank Sinatra. List of films he scored.
Text summary of Bob Edwards interview aired November 6, 2001 includes audio links to full program and extended version not heard on air.
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