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 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

And this can be when you were a kid and didn't even know what film music was, but later in life you became a fan of the composer and film music.

For me:

Jerry Goldsmith - Watching Dr. Kildare as a kid in the 60's and thinking how passionate and powerful the Main Theme music was. Had no idea who Jerrald Goldsmith was back then but the power of this music stuck with me. First Goldsmith Soundtrack Album purchase, PLANET OF THE APES Project 3 LP.

Alex North - Seeing SPARTACUS on a television showing in late 60's around 11 years old and crying because the story and the music was so moving and powerful. Especially the last scene. "My love, life." First North Album purchase, SPARTACUS LP.

Bill Conti - one word, one movie ROCKY!

Michel Legrand - TV Premiere of BRIAN'S SONG and crying like a grown man. Yes we all cried.

Elmer Bernstein - The AWESOMENESS of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS on a TV showing in the 60's. It was also my first Elmer Soundtrack purchase. Then gobbled up anything with his name on it.

Miklos Rozsa - The power and passion and scope of BEN-HUR on a TV showing in the 60's. Thinking I love "Roman Movie" music! Also first Rozsa purchase. Gatefold MGM LP.

Bernard Herrmann - Watching a 16 mm print of JASON IN THE ARGONAUTS in the 5th Grade and thinking this is just too Awesome!

John Williams - LOST IN SPACE in the 60's thinking the 3rd Season different upbeat countdown theme was totally Awesome. Did not know who Johnny Williams was at the time. First Williams purchase. Blind buy of PENELOPE at a Woolworth's Cut-out bin sale at 69 cents or 3 for a Dollar.

Basil Poledouris - Seeing CONAN THE BARBARIAN and digging the music.


Please share your 1st Time composer memories. Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

My memory of these things is always so crappy. I can remember generally a selection of scores, but very rarely THE first. It all bleeds together.

For example, while I'm confident it was JURASSIC PARK that made me a Williams convert, I don't think it was THE first I heard. Also, I obviously heard his music in some films of the 80s, but without being much a film music fan at the time, nor being aware of the music or composer.

So it's a tricky question for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Without knowing I was going to grow up (ha!) to be a fully fledged soundtrack nugget, the first music I remember diggin' as a kid would be things like Thunderbirds, Capt Scarlet, UFO, The Persuaders, Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman and the Planet Of The Apes TV series.
It wasn't until I swapped a mate at school a Monty Python LP for his JAWS Main/End Title 45' single that I realised the music could stir me on it's own. That End Title remains, to this day, one of my all-time favourite pieces of music.
Star Wars came next followed by Superman and CE3K and then the floodgates opened with things like The Black Hole (Barry) and Star Trek TMP (Goldsmith) and all the other JW greatness that followed.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The animated Gulliver's Travels (1939) I used to watch a lot on tape as a kid, it's basically all music by Victor Young anyway. But also popular cartoons at the time such as thundercats, tmnt, gi joe, real ghostbusters. I'd always be fascinated by the music in them.

The first movie I watched a ton was Ghostbusters and Elmer Bernstein's music was just amazing in it. For Jerry Goldsmith it had to have been First Blood, for Alan Silvestri Predator, Morricone would have to be The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and John Williams Raiders of the lost ark. Elliot Goldenthal would have to be Pet Semetary and James Newton Howard the Fugitive. Thomas Newman The Shawshank Redemption. So many other scores I appreciated as a teenager, most stemming from Stephen King adaptations: Harry Sukman's Salem's Lot, Jay Chattaway's Silver Bullet, Richard Bellis' It, Jonathan Elias' Children of the Corn, Doyle's Needful Things... Also the 80s John Carpenter scores. not a bad way to get acquainted with film music!

For Christopher Young the first score of his I really took to was The Dark Half. I had seen Hellraiser but didn't take to it, I think the movie was horrifying enough to pay attention to the music and although I'd seen Nightmare on Elm Street 2, I didn't like the music as much as Charles Berstein's score for the original.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Ennio Morricone and The Fistfull of Dollars. I was about five or six years old when my dad played a copy of it on a old eight track tape. That was my first memory. Then I was always pumped up from hearing the music from Rocky. At first I thought it was all because of Rocky putting the beat down on Creed but then later I realized it was Bill Conti's music. Later when I was a teen I watched Last of the Mohicans and fell in love with that score. Being a teenager listening to heavy metal and going out and buying Trevor Jones soundtrack cd tells you something.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Dark Shadows and Lost in Space.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

As for the first films in theatres it probably was the SHERMAN BROTHERS in the 60's since my older sister loved Hayley Mills and my folks enjoyed Disney films.Movies on TV Herbert Stothart, adaption WIZARD OF OZ.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Yes Dan, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Lot's of great memorable music and I especially loved the March of the Winkies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtie6r27JeU

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

John Williams - My family went to see The Poseidon Adventure at the Capitol Drive-In and I noticed the music coming through that rusty, rickety speaker hanging on the window.

Bernard Herrmann - Watched Mysterious Island on TV many times and was mesmerized by the score.

Jerry Goldsmith and Jerry Fielding - Saw Capricorn One and The Enforcer as a double feature at the same drive-in. Cool music, I thought.

Basil Poledouris - Conan, King of Scores. Bought the LP after seeing the film.

James Horner - His career making score...Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan.

James Newton Howard - The Fugitive.

Gil Melle - His unique score for The Andromeda Strain struck a nerve with me.

Lalo Schifrin - Even my dad commented on his jazzy score for Dirty Harry.

Alan Silvestri - Another career launcher...Back to the Future.

John Barry - I received the LP score for The Black Hole as a Christmas present in 1979.

Michael Kamen - I didn't care for his score for Lethal Weapon at first but it grew on me over the years and I now consider it his best score.

Arthur B. Rubinstein - Love the synth stuff for Blue Thunder. It's still my only soundtrack from him.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

BERNARD HERRMANN- As a kid, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND-61-PSYCHO-60-Both incredible to my ears and my senses.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

My family used to play Stanley Black's Film Spectacular albums. I always loved the music, but didn't realize at the time it was film music. Jaws was probably the first film theme I was aware of. The albums that got me interested in individual soundtracks was Logan's Run and Swashbuckler. A year later Star Wars cemented my love for film scores, and I started to take note of film composers by name.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yep, similar story, folks used to play many compilation theme albums.I loved it, I took it further, they didn't really.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

I remember being impressed with the music in Star Trek TMP, Superman and Jaws during some of the many times I saw these on TV in the early 80s

I also remember liking the music in Airplane, Gremlins and Red Sonja when I saw these in theaters, before I actually started purchasing and collecting scores in the late 80s.

My first score purchase was Temple Of Doom, but I bought it more as a souvenir of the film than for the music - which did not grabbed me on first listens.

After that some of my first purchases were the LPs for Poltergeist III, License To Kill, The Abyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, The Fly and Batman.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Brandon Brown   (Member)

John Williams: My parents took me to see JURASSIC PARK in the theater... I was four at the time. Been a fan ever since.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ON TV KING KONG-33- MAX STEINER.

 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2014 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


I was already a regular moviegoer at 5, so, apart from musicals, I guess the first dramatic movie score I was aware of would be when Mum & Dad brought home the soundtrack album of Alfred Newman's "The Robe", in 1954.

By that time, I was an old man of 6 !

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Hans Zimmer - A World Apart
Thomas Newman - The Man With One Red Shoe

Both changed my life. ;-)

 
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