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Events In Film Score History
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December 1: Gerald Fried records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Diplomat” (1968)
John Williams begins recording his replacement score for Rosewood (1996)
Laurence Rosenthal begins recording his score to Heart Like a Wheel (1982)
Peter Thomas born (1925)
Stephane Grappelli died (1997)
December 2: Aaron Copland died (1990)
Artie Butler born (1942)
Cyril Ornadel born (1924)
Eddie Sauter born (1914)
Francois-Eudes Chanfrault born (1974)
Gerald Fried's score to the Star Trek episode "Shore Leave" is recorded (1966)
Harry Sukman born (1912)
John Williams begins recording his score for Midway (1975)
Lennie Hayton records his score for the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode “The Monster from Outer Space” (1965)
Michael Whalen born (1965)
Milton Delugg born (1918)
Richard Markowitz begins recording his music for the three-part Mission: Impossible episode “The Falcon,” his final scores for the series (1969)
December 3: Adam Wingard born (1982)
Christopher Slaski born (1974)
Dee Barton died (2001)
Derek Wadsworth died (2008)
Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to McQ (1973)
Franz Waxman begins recording his score for Woman of the Year (1941)
Hoyt Curtin died (2000)
Karl de Groof born (1923)
Nino Rota born (1911)
December 4: Alex North born (1910)
Benjamin Britten died (1976)
Frank Zappa died (1993)
Harry Sukman died (1984)
Jason Staczek born (1965)
Jay Chattaway begins recording his score for the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Chain of Command” (1992)
Leonard Rosenman records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “One of the Family” (1964)
On Golden Pond opens in New York and Los Angeles (1981)
Richard Robbins born (1940)
Rob Walsh born (1947)
Tito Arevalo died (2000)
December 5: Cliff Eidelman born (1964)
Dave Brubeck died (2012)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score to Coma (1977)
Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the Room 222 pilot (1968)
John Altman born (1949)
Johnny Pate born (1923)
Karl-Ernst Sasse born (1923)
Manuel De Sica died (2014)
Masaru Sato died (1999)
Osvaldo Golijov born (1960)
Richard Gibbs born (1955)
Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Outrageous Okona" (1988)
December 6: Dave Brubeck born (1920)
Hans Zimmer begins recording his score for Broken Arrow (1995)
Lalo Schifrin begins recording the original soundtrack LP to Bullitt (1968)
Lyn Murray born (1909)
Maury Laws born (1923)
Morgan Lewis died (1968)
Mort Glickman born (1898)
Patrick Williams records his score for The Streets of San Francisco episode “Bitter Wine” (1972)
Piero Piccioni born (1921)
Recording sessions begin for Sol Kaplan’s score for Destination Gobi (1952)
Richard Markowitz died (1994)
Roberto Pregadio born (1928)
Willie Hutch born (1944)
December 7: Basil Poledouris begins recording his score for White Fang (1990)
Ernst Toch born (1887)
Georges Delerue begins recording his score for Les Visiteurs (1979)
Jerry Goldsmith records his score for The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
John Addison died (1998)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service opens in Los Angeles (1969)
Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Latent Image” (1998)
Star Trek -- The Motion Picture is released in theaters (1979)
Tom Waits born (1949)
Victor Young begins recording his score for Appointment with Danger (1949)
December 8: Antonio Carlos Jobim died (1994)
Bruce Kimmel born (1947)
Dominic Frontiere records his score for The Invaders episode “The Mutation” (1966)
Edward Williams died (2013)
John Rubinstein born (1946)
Junkie XL born as Tom Holkenberg (1967)
Leo Shuken born (1906)
Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1958)
Moisey Vainberg born (1919)
Richard Thompson begins recording his score for Grizzly Man (2004)
Russell Garcia begins recording his score for The Time Machine (1959)
December 9: Alessandro Cicognini died (1995)
Chris Wilson born (1958)
Geoff Barrow born (1971)
Sune Waldimir died (1967)
Von Dexter born (1912)
William Goldstein records his score for the Twilight Zone episode “Her Pilgrim Soul” (1985)
December 10: Alexander Courage born (1919)
Chad Stuart born (1941)
Gershon Kingsley died (2019)
Jack Hues born (1954)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Shock Treatment (1963)
Leigh Harline died (1969)
Milan Svoboda born (1951)
Morton Gould born (1913)
Recording sessions begin for Claude Bolling’s score for The Awakening (1979)
Roy Webb died (1982)
December 11: Anthony Collins born (1963)
Benny Carter records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Crimson Witness” (1964)
Benny Golson records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Incarnate,” the final score composed for the original series (1972)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Enterprise episode “Catwalk” (2002)
Johnny Mandel begins recording his score for Escape to Witch Mountain (1974)
Jon Brion born (1963)
Malcolm Clarke died (2003)
Paul Haslinger born (1962)
Rachel Portman born (1960)
Ravi Shankar died (2012)
Rogier Van Otterloo born (1941)
Velton Ray Bunch records his score for the Enterprise episode “Silent Enemy” (2001)
December 12: Carlo Martelli born (1935)
Karl-Heinz Schafer died (1996)
Marcello Giombini died (2003)
Michael Kamen begins recording his score for Road House (1988)
December 13: Adam Fields born (1965)
Alexander Courage records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Girl from the Green Dimension" (1966)
David Raksin begins recording his score for The Reformer and the Redhead (1949)
Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Past Tense - Part 1” (1994)
Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Land of the Pharaohs (1954)
Emil Richards died (2019)
Harry Gregson-Williams born (1961)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Psycho II (1982)
Miles Goodman begins recording his score for Dunston Checks In (1995)
Reijiro Koroku born (1949)
Rene Cloerec died (1995)
Teo Usuelli born (1920)
December 14: Alfred Newman begins recording his score for Hell and High Water (1953)
Fred Karlin begins recording his score for Ravagers (1978)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Shattered” (2000)
John Du Prez born (1946)
John Lurie born (1952)
Jon Ekstrand born (1976)
Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector" (1989)
December 15: Alan Ari Lazar born (1967)
Ennio Morricone begins recording his score for Days of Heaven (1977)
Gone With the Wind has its world premiere in Atlanta (1939)
The Man with the Golden Arm opens in New York (1955)
December 16: Adam Gorgoni born (1963)
Camille Saint-Saens died (1921)
Freddie Perren died (2004)
Georgy Sviridov born (1915)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for In Harm's Way (1964)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his unused Timeline score (2002)
Lud Gluskin born (1898)
Marco Frisina born (1954)
Noel Coward born (1899)
Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Chosen Realm” (2003)
Recording sessions begin for Cyril Mockdridge’s score for Donovan’s Reef (1963)
Richard Band records his score for Terrorvision (1985)
Robert Prince records his score for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman episode “The Deadly Toys” (1977)
December 17: Craig Safan born (1948)
Don Ellis died (1978)
Galt MacDermot died (2018)
Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Rhino! (1963)
Leo Erdody born (1888)
Paul Hepker born (1967)
Winfried Zillig died (1963)
December 18: Jean Musy born (1947)
Joel Hirschhorn born (1937)
Maurice Jarre begins recording his score for The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1979)
Out of Africa opens in New York and Los Angeles (1985)
Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Datalore" (1987)
December 19: David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Past Tense, Part II” (1994)
Duane Tatro’s score for The Invaders episode “Counter-Attack” is recorded (1967)
Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Going Ape (1980)
Fred Karlin begins recording his score to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973)
Galt MacDermot born (1928)
Herbert Stothart begins recording his score for Northwest Passage (1939)
Michel Magne died (1984)
Paul Dessau born (1894)
Recording sessions begin for Frederick Hollander’s score for The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
Robert B. Sherman born (1925)
Roger Webb died (2002)
The Thief of Bagdad premieres in London (1940)
Walter Murphy born (1952)
December 20: Aaron Copland begins recording his score to The Heiress (1948)
Alex North begins recording his score to The Devil’s Brigade (1967)
Arlon Ober died (2004)
Cyril Mockrdige records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Questing Beast" (1966)
David Bell records his score for the Enterprise episode “Dawn” (2002)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Planet of the Apes (1967)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for The Red Pony (1972)
Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Boo!" (1985)
Ned Washington died (1976)
Richard Hazard died (2000)
December 21: Barry DeVorzon begins recording his score for The Warriors (1978)
David Michael Frank born (1948)
Derek Scott born (1921)
Dominic Frontiere died (2017)
Eric Coates died (1957)
Franco Micalizzi born (1939)
Frank Cordell begins recording his score to Mosquito Squadron (1968)
Frank Zappa born (1940)
Goldfinger opens in New York (1964)
Matthieu Chabrol born (1956)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for Something of Value (1956)
Recording sessions begin for Miklos Rozsa’s score to The Man in Half Moon Street (1943)
Thunderball opens in New York (1965)
Waldemar Kazanecki died (1991)
December 22: Alfi Kabiljo born (1935)
Dominic Frontiere records his score for The Invaders episode “The Experiment” (1966)
Fred Steiner's scores for the Star Trek episodes "By Any Other Name" and "The Omega Glory" are recorded (1967)
Gordon Zahler died (1975)
Guido De Angelis born (1944)
James Horner begins recording his score for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1988)
Joe Strummer died (2002)
Michael Bacon born (1949)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Tribute to a Bad Man (1955)
December 23: Corey Allen Jackson born (1968)
Daniele Amfitheatrof begins recording his score for Devil's Doorway (1949)
Devonte Hynes born (1985)
Elmer Bernstein begins recording his replacement score to Saddle the Wind (1957)
Georg Haentzschel born (1907)
Georges Delerue begins recording his score for Sin of Innocence (1985)
Jeff Alexander died (1989)
Ross Edwards born (1943)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad opens in New York (1958)
Walter Greene died (1983)
December 24: Alec Wilder died (1980)
Bernard Herrmann begins recording his score for It’s Alive (1973)
Bernard Herrmann died (1975)
Carlo Rustichelli born (1916)
Franz Waxman born (1906)
Mike Curb born (1944)
Ray Colcord born (1949)
Recording sessions begin for Hugo Friedhofer’s score for Bride of Vengeance (1948)
Richard LaSalle records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “The Secret City of Limbo” (1969)
Richard Rodney Bennett died (2012)
December 25: Charles Chaplin died (1977)
Christian Henson born (1971)
James Brown died (2006)
Nathaniel Shilkret born (1889)
Pete Rugolo born (1915)
To Kill a Mockingbird opens in Los Angeles (1962)
December 26: Albert Sendrey born (1911)
Bernard Herrmann begins recording his score for 5 Fingers (1951)
Curtis Mayfield died (1999)
Ira Newborn born (1949)
Morgan Lewis born (1906)
Pablo Sorozabal died (1988)
Roger Neill born (1963)
Stephen Graziano born (1954)
Tom Howe born (1977)
December 27: Benedetto Ghiglia born (1921)
Buxton Orr died (1997)
Isaak Shvarts died (2009)
John Williams begins recording his score to The Empire Strikes Back (1979)
Kenneth Wannberg records his score for the Twilight Zone episode “Still Life” (1985)
Lars Erik-Larsson died (1986)
Oscar Levant born (1906)
Victor Young begins recording his score for The Proud and Profane (1955)
December 28: Alex North begins recording his score to All Fall Down (1961)
Captain Blood released in theaters (1935)
Garry Sherman born (1933)
Max Steiner died (1971)
Michel Michelet died (1995)
Milton Rosen died (1994)
Mischa Spoliansky born (1898)
Paul Hindemith died (1963)
Rahman Altin born (1971)
Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score to Invitation (1952)
Richard Band born (1953)
Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Loud as a Whisper" (1988)
December 29: Alexander Courage records his unused score for the Land of the Giants pilot episode “The Crash” (1967)
George Duning's score for the Star Trek episode "Return to Tomorrow" is recorded (1967)
Roman Vlad born (1919)
Ron Goodwin begins recording his score for Submarine X-1 (1967)
Ryan Shore born (1974)
Wojciech Kilar died (2013)
December 30: Alfred Ralston born (1907)
Dmitri Kabalevsky born (1904)
Harry Geller records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night the Dragon Screamed” (1965)
Jason Brandt born (1973)
Lucio Agostini born (1913)
Michael Nesmith born (1942)
Patrick Gowers died (2014)
Paul Bowles born (1910)
Ray Cook born (1936)
Richard Rodgers died (1979)
December 31: Andy Summers born (1942)
Anthony Hopkins born (1937)
Antonio Diaz Conde died (1976)
Duel in the Sun premieres in Los Angeles (1946)
Frank Skinner born (1897)
Gil Melle born (1931)
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