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 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

One of the TV greats of the 1970s. Whether I'm watching something from that era, or reminded of it by modern shows with similar plot lines ("occult detectives" bring to mind "Fear No Evil" and "Sixth Sense"), I'm always wishing for one of his soundtracks. Is it because he worked for Universal that he's so underrepresented?

https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?forumID=1&pageID=2&threadID=113513&archive=0

I just read that "Fear No Evil" and sequel "Ritual of Evil" (both scored by Billy) will debut on home video from KINO. The exhilarating chanting cue used in both:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Captain_Kaos (no Giacchino fan)   (Member)

Oh yes, he composed great stuff, most I can remember is from "Kojak" and "Columbo". I think it's time to force Universal to open their vaults for the great music from the 1960's, '70's & '80's. Not only Goldenberg deserves a CD-set, but also Dave Grusin, Oliver Nelson, Mike Post, Pete Carpenter and many, many more.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

It's a daunting task to list all the great TV stuff Goldenberg did in 70's and 80's. As I said on Facebook, while I really pine for a "Goldenberg at Universal" box set it would leave off such freelance gems as THE GLASS HOUSE and DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK among many others.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

Writer Gary Gerani posted on The Night Gallery page on Facebook that composer Billy Goldenberg has died at the age of 84 in New York City. He was certainly the King of Television Movies and Shows.

He was also Bea Arthur's pianist

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

https://variety.com/2020/music/obituaries-people-news/billy-goldenberg-composer-songwriter-dead-dies-1234725889/

Jon Burlingame's obituary from Variety.

James

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

A sad loss indeed. Such a versatile composer. My own two favorites are The Domino Principle and the Gemini Man TV pilot Code name: Minus one.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

A great loss, indeed. Truly a gifted and talented Composer.

DUEL was always a favorite. RIP, Billy:-(

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

Columbo (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- A Friend in Deed (1974)
- Publish or Perish (1974)
- A Stitch in Crime (1973)
- Lady in Waiting (1971)
- Suitable for Framing (1971)
- Murder by the Book (1971)
- Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)


FYI, A Friend in Deed is actually all just tracked from other episodes from season 3 -- mainly Publish or Perish, Candidate for Crime, Any Old Port in a Storm and Double Exposure, 3 of which are DeBenedictis' scores.

Sad to hear of Goldenberg's passing. Glad I picked up Duel when it came out as it is one of my fav scores from the '70s. Here's hoping the original 1970s Columbo run eventually gets a complete box set with all the episode scores. Billy's are some of the best in the series.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   brucepatterson   (Member)

"There is a CD of Around The World In 80 Days TV Mini-Series... I don't have it, nor have I ever heard it.

I do. Excellent, one of my first TV mini-series as a teenager that made a very strong music impression. Bought the CD first chance I had and it plays often!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sad to hear about this yesterday. 

Goldenberg is the composer with whom Spielberg has worked the most, after Williams. You could even release a compilation of their stuff together; I did a thread on this on FSM a few years ago, but alas, I can't find it anymore. DUEL, plus all the TV stuff.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

rip Maestro!

I had this picture in my profile since 2002, it shows Goldenberg in 1973. Those were the days in the 70s. The king of TV movie music.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Are you sure that's not Jerry Fielding? Striking similarity.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   jpteacher568   (Member)

Are you sure that's not Jerry Fielding? Striking similarity.

Thor,

It's Billy Goldenberg.

James

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I think its Fielding...in one of Billy's shirts!

Talented man, for sure. Id forgotten he did Domino Principle as someone here pointed out. Another top score.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Goldenberg's tv scores always seemed to me to parallel (in effect if not style) for the small screen the sorts of things Michael Small was doing for the big screen paranoid thrillers of the 70s.

I have thought this also.

I also associate Goldenberg with Pat Williams - early 70s TV guys who were underrepresented on LP and CD

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Also both of whom worked a lot on Columbo! (I think Pat Williams is the only composer to score both episodes of the original 70s run as well as the reboot the following decade.)

Goldenberg is a wonderful composer I have admired ever since growing up with that show (my father was a big fan and recorded many off TV). I made sure to ask conductor Leonard Slatkin about his relationship with him when we spoke two years ago for the very first Goldsmith Odyssey Interview:
https://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/824863-odyssey-interviews-leonard-slatkin

RED SKY AT MORNING - I think this was mentioned by Chris Malone in the latest Goldsmith Odyssey podcast

See Graham, this is what happens when you listen to the very first Odyssey Interview and the most recent Odyssey Interview back-to-back. wink Malone didn't have anything to do with Red Sky at Morning (no news of a CD reissue yet), but Leonard Slatkin conducted the orchestra for the album recording of that score (apparently because Billy wanted to do the piano solos). He was pretty sure Billy himself conducted the original film recording, which I hope can be premiered on CD alongside the LP recording some day.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

Also both of whom worked a lot on Columbo! (I think Pat Williams is the only composer to score both episodes of the original 70s run as well as the reboot the following decade.)

DeBenedictis scored a bunch from both runs as well.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Quoting from a post on hometheaterforum about FEAR NO EVIL and sequel RITUAL OF EVIL:

"Eventually, filmmaker Gary Gerani ("Pumpkinhead" "Trading Paint") said he found the materials and, out of pocket, restored the sequel, "Ritual Of Evil", while researching for his documentary on composer William Goldenberg."

So there might be a film of Billy someday. Awhile back I asked Gary if Billy had the soundtracks for these movies, and he said he did, along with many others. They played them at Billy's house. I hope that whatever happens to his belongings, his recordings survive and are not buried in a library vault that's only available for scholarly pursuits.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2020 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Also both of whom worked a lot on Columbo! (I think Pat Williams is the only composer to score both episodes of the original 70s run as well as the reboot the following decade.)

Goldenberg is a wonderful composer I have admired ever since growing up with that show (my father was a big fan and recorded many off TV). I made sure to ask conductor Leonard Slatkin about his relationship with him when we spoke two years ago for the very first Goldsmith Odyssey Interview:
https://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/824863-odyssey-interviews-leonard-slatkin

RED SKY AT MORNING - I think this was mentioned by Chris Malone in the latest Goldsmith Odyssey podcast

See Graham, this is what happens when you listen to the very first Odyssey Interview and the most recent Odyssey Interview back-to-back. wink Malone didn't have anything to do with Red Sky at Morning (no news of a CD reissue yet), but Leonard Slatkin conducted the orchestra for the album recording of that score (apparently because Billy wanted to do the piano solos). He was pretty sure Billy himself conducted the original film recording, which I hope can be premiered on CD alongside the LP recording some day.

Yavar


You are of course right, Yavar. I'm zipping to and fro with those Odysseys and got mixed up. Of course it was Slatkin who you prompted regarding RED SKY AT MORNING.

While I'm here I'll just mention that I was listening to BUSTING again the other day (I know there's a recently-bumped thread about that, but I don't want to make a big deal of this) and I noticed that some of the more funky, vibrant action tracks had a kind of key change or just a chord in the middle which put me in mind of ENTER THE DRAGON. Both films were released in 1973, is that right? Whatever, did anyone else make that connection?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2020 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Kinda sad to note that this thread has slipped down the pages so quickly. When I started getting into film music, circa 1968-69, Billy Goldenberg's music was all over the TV then, one of Stanley Wilson's roster at Universal when they were churning out TV Movies and series by the dozen. It seemed obvious to me then that Mr Goldenberg would move on to feature film work and become one of the most sought-after composers. But it didn't quite happen! Sure, he got the chance - but the films he did turned out (mostly!) to be flops. Red Sky at Morning, The Grasshopper, The Domino Principle. Luckily for us they all had albums but the films were failures.

Really, the television work was where he excelled. Queen of the Stardust Ballroom has to be one of the best TV Movies ever made, with all the talents involved at the peak of their powers, none more so than the collaboration between Billy Goldenberg and Alan & Marilyn Bergman. In addition, so many memorable TV themes - Kojak, Harry-O, Banacek.

Was genuinely saddened to learn that he had passed on.

JMM.

 
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