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 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

February 17 - Alfred Newman died (1970)
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February 17 - Jerry Fielding died (1980)
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February 17 - Samuel Matlovsky died (2004)


40 years ago today - February 15th, 1980 (on a Friday) - was the final day of the recording sessions for Funeral Home, 2 days after which Jerry Fielding passed away … on the 10th anniversary of the death of Alfred Newman.

Let the life work and legacy of both continue to be remembered and appreciated.

Another coincidence (Star Trek related) witnesses Samuel "I, Mudd" Matlovsky also passing away on the 17th of February as had the composer of "The Trouble with Tribbles".

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2020 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Forty years since Jerry left us - hard to believe. Great body of work, but the film world could have benefited from a few more Fielding scores.

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2020 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

....and on a lighter note I was 3 and 13 big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2020 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

and 13 days before that day in 1983....

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2020 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Henning Andersen   (Member)

And to night (danish time) i'm listening to Jerry's score to The Getaway. A great way to celebrate a career and a man who brought so much joy and musical education into an impressionabel young mans head. He truly defined my frustated years of growing up...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2020 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Gee whiz, what a cheerful topic!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

Gee whiz, what a cheerful topic!

Yeah? Consider what it would have been like to have been alive, appreciating, and collecting their albums at the time!

In my case I discovered Newman only two years after his death, when as an 18-year-old I bought the LP of THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD unheard, on the recommendation of my Golden Age mentor. At that time I was primarily a fan of Morricone, Goldsmith, and Barry, yet I understood from my first listen that I was discovering a level of mastery and genius beyond what I was used to. A few days later I tried THE ROBE and THE EGYPTIAN (since both albums were still in print) --not only was I deeply moved, but for several years I felt extra poignancy toward that composer because I had never managed to notice and appreciate his work while we both had been alive. (When I first read the date of Newman's death, it was even more poignant to realize I actually recalled something from that day two years before -- waiting outside a theatre for a girl who stood me up for a date.)

As for Fielding's death, I'll say that Peckinpah already had been my favorite director for more than 10 years. That was a loss felt in REAL time.

 
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