Monday, February 08, 2016

Ray Colcord and Jimmie Haskell, R. I. P.

Variety: Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. Colcord scored hundreds of hours of television, mostly comedies. He was Emmy-nominated for his theme for the 1990 sitcom “Singer & Sons,” but he also wrote the themes for “The Charmings,” “The Ann Jillian Show,” “The Torkelsons” and others in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Jimmie Haskell (born Sheridan Pearlman, November 7, 1936, Brooklyn, New York, United States, died February 4, 2016, Laguna Niguel, California, United States[citation needed])[1] was a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures.

Haskell entered the musical business through being hired to do arrangements with Imperial Records. He became the arranger of choice for Ricky Nelson and arranged such hits as "There's Nothing I Can Say" (1964). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Haskell was the arranger of choice for The Grass Roots.[2] He also provided horn and string arrangements for Blondie's 1980 album Autoamerican.

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