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 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

THE RULES:

1) No posting the answers. (That's right, if you know the answer, DON'T post it.)

2) If you DO know the answer, instead post a CLUE*. (These threads die a fast and sad death when the answers get posted. They last and are more fun when people give each other clues instead.)

3) If you know of other nicknames, please post them, so others can guess.

4) No search engines. (That's right, use your noodle, not your computer!)


*Here's an example of a clue - Say the nickname was "Snoopy" and the answer is John Williams. You could say:

"Snoopy" won Oscars for some wars, a violinist who played overhead, and a businessman's list.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)



that someone will buzz past reading the rules, start posting the answers, and ruin the fun of this thread.



 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

So, bright guys, what film/TV composers had the following nicknames?

1. Pappy

2. McTavish

3. Miss ___ [the composer's last name]

4. Beulah

5. Buttercup

6. Q

7. Dame ___ [the composer's last name]

8. Elsie

9. Flop Ears

10. Beardsley

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have no idea about those (although I suspect what nr. 6 is), but I do have one:

"Curly"

Who's that?

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I have no idea about those (although I suspect what nr. 6 is)

Put up your guess in the form of a clue (see instructions above), and I'll tell you if you're on a good wicket, Thor.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


"Curly"

Who's that?


I don't know yet, but I'll guess that it was film/TV composer who was bald.

Yes?

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Chrispy Bacon.


Just kidding.



"Sandy" was a composer in his own right but also did lots of orchestration, notably for two famous composers.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

How about the one Lionel Newman gave Jerry Goldsmith - "Gorgeous"? (he would put a dish of water on the podium so Jerry could look at his hair!)

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Sandy was the nick for ...

In Goldsmith's early years did they ever call him "Slim"?

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

"Pappy" belonged to a multi-Oscar-winning, long-time head of 20th Century-Fox music department whose descendants are current film composers. If that doesn't give it away, I don't know what will. smile

As for the rest...beats me!

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have no idea about those (although I suspect what nr. 6 is)

Put up your guess in the form of a clue (see instructions above), and I'll tell you if you're on a good wicket, Thor.


Could it be a guy who composed the music for a film about a place where people go when they need money, in this case run by a bald guy?

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)


"Curly"

Who's that?


I don't know yet, but I'll guess that it was film/TV composer who was bald.

Yes?


Well, he DID have hair at the time -- especially when he had that nickname. These days, there are obviously receding hairlines.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

The guy at 6 also made name as a producer. One of his productions is still the best of the best — the best album from the best pop-performer ever. Of which we have been confronted with just two days ago.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The guy at 6 also made name as a producer. One of his productions is still the best of the best — the best album from the best pop-performer ever. Of which we have been confronted with just two days ago.

Thanks for confirming my suspicions! smile

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


"Curly"

Who's that?


I don't know yet, but I'll guess that it was film/TV composer who was bald.

Yes?


Well, he DID have hair at the time -- especially when he had that nickname. These days, there are obviously receding hairlines.


A curly-headed film composer? Nothing comes to mind right away.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

"Pappy" belonged to a multi-Oscar-winning, long-time head of 20th Century-Fox music department whose descendants are current film composers. If that doesn't give it away, I don't know what will. smile

As for the rest...beats me!

Ron Burbella


Yes, Ron, you did give this one away.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

The guy at 6 also made name as a producer. One of his productions is still the best of the best — the best album from the best pop-performer ever. Of which we have been confronted with just two days ago.

Thanks for confirming my suspicions! smile


Thor and johnbijl have this one right.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)


"Curly"

Who's that?


I don't know yet, but I'll guess that it was film/TV composer who was bald.

Yes?


Well, he DID have hair at the time -- especially when he had that nickname. These days, there are obviously receding hairlines.


A curly-headed film composer? Nothing comes to mind right away.


He got his nickname -- for somewhat unknown reasons -- when he played with his fellow jazz kids in the late 1940s. Today, more prominent features of the man include a different colour of the hair (obviously), a pair of glasses and a particular type of sweater. smile

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)


He got his nickname -- for somewhat unknown reasons -- when he played with his fellow jazz kids in the late 1940s. Today, more prominent features of the man include a different colour of the hair (obviously), a pair of glasses and a particular type of sweater. smile


Jazz childs? Could be lots: I think Duning, Fried, Fielding, F Steiner.

What instrument did he play?

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)


He got his nickname -- for somewhat unknown reasons -- when he played with his fellow jazz kids in the late 1940s. Today, more prominent features of the man include a different colour of the hair (obviously), a pair of glasses and a particular type of sweater. smile


Jazz childs? Could be lots: I think Duning, Fried, Fielding, F Steiner.

What instrument did he play?


He played several during his childhood, but he's mostly famous for the piano.

 
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