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 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

This might sound like an odd thread to post, but with Henry Mancini being the last film composer to be honored with a postage stamp, this reminds me: with the 10th anniversary of Jerry Goldsmith's death coming up next July, should the U.S. Postal Service honor him with a postage stamp?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I think it would be great, but I also think the reality of it is that Goldsmith never reached the recognizability of a Mancini. Mancini wrote film themes that became part of pop culture like MOON RIVER and THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, DEAR HEART. Goldsmith never had a recognizable song in that fashion, probably THEME FROM THE WALTONS would come closest.

However they did release a series of stamps of Golden Age Composers featuring Alfred Newman, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman amongst others. I remember buying a few sheets of them. So it is possible. I think John Williams would probably be perhaps the next in line to get a stamp if any further film composers were to get one. But of course Gustavo Santaollala would definitely be a strong competitor for that spot!

The sad truth probably is that 9 out of ten people on the street would not have an inkling as to who Jerry Goldsmith is.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I think it would be great, but I also think the reality of it is that Goldsmith never reached the recognizability of a Mancini. Mancini wrote film themes that became part of pop culture like MOON RIVER and THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, DEAR HEART. Goldsmith never had a recognizable song in that fashion, probably THEME FROM THE WALTONS would come closest.

However they did release a series of stamps of Golden Age Composers featuring Alfred Newman, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman amongst others. I remember buying a few sheets of them. So it is possible. I think John Williams would probably be perhaps the next in line to get a stamp if any further film composers were to get one. But of course Gustavo Santaollala would definitely be a strong competitor for that spot!


Unfortunately, the composer has to be dead for a decade or more before qualifying for a stamp.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I think it would be great, but I also think the reality of it is that Goldsmith never reached the recognizability of a Mancini. Mancini wrote film themes that became part of pop culture like MOON RIVER and THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, DEAR HEART. Goldsmith never had a recognizable song in that fashion, probably THEME FROM THE WALTONS would come closest.

However they did release a series of stamps of Golden Age Composers featuring Alfred Newman, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman amongst others. I remember buying a few sheets of them. So it is possible. I think John Williams would probably be perhaps the next in line to get a stamp if any further film composers were to get one. But of course Gustavo Santaollala would definitely be a strong competitor for that spot!


Unfortunately, the composer has to be dead for a decade or more before qualifying for a stamp.


In the words of Dana Carvey doing the immortal Johnny Carson,

"I did not know that!"

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

They could do another film composer series and include Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, and David Raksin etc.

 
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