The Info List - Walter Scharf

Walter Scharf (August 1, 1910 – February 24, 2003) was an American film composer.


1 Biography 2 Awards and honors 3 Selected filmography 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Born in New York City, he was the son of Yiddish
theatre comic Bessie Zwerling. While in his 20s, he was one of the orchestrators for George Gershwin's Broadway musical Girl Crazy, became singer Helen Morgan's accompanist, and later worked as pianist and arranger for singer Rudy Vallee. He began working in Hollywood
in 1933, arranging for Al Jolson
Al Jolson
at Warner Bros., Alice Faye
Alice Faye
at 20th Century-Fox and Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
at Paramount. He orchestrated the original version of Irving Berlin's White Christmas for the film Holiday Inn (1942), and from 1942 to 1946 he served as head of music for Republic Pictures. From 1948 to 1954, Scharf was arranger-conductor for the Phil Harris- Alice Faye
Alice Faye
radio show. A ten-time Oscar nominee, Scharf worked on more than 100 films, receiving nominations for his musical direction on such pictures as Danny Kaye's Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl (1968) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). In the early 1960s, he was approached by Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
to provide new scores for his silent film compilations. Lloyd regarded Scharf's ability to mix comedy themes with big, dramatic orchestral touches as ideal for his brand of 'thrill' comedy. Scharf implemented a similar style for the Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Jekyll and Hyde-inspired comedy The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
in (1963), working on more than a dozen Lewis comedies overall. He worked on three Elvis Presley pictures including Loving You (1957) and King Creole
King Creole
(1958), and with lyricist Don Black, he wrote the hit Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
single from the film Ben (1972), which won him a Golden Globe; and scored the popular Walking Tall (1973) and its two sequels. In 1973, he and Don Black wrote the music and lyrics for the London musical Maybe That's Your Problem (book by Lionel Chetwynd). Scharf composed music for dozens of television dramas including Ben Casey, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, and the 1979 miniseries From Here to Eternity and Blind Ambition, although he became best known for his music for the National Geographic Society and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
documentaries, which he scored between 1965 and 1975. He received two Emmys for the Cousteau series, in 1970 and 1974, and composed an original symphonic work, The Legend of the Living Sea, for a Cousteau museum exhibit aboard the RMS Queen Mary in 1971. Scharf's initial work for the concert hall was The Palestine Suite, written in 1945 and performed at the Hollywood
Bowl under Leopold Stokowski. After retiring from films and TV in the 1980s, he returned to concert writing, notably with The Tree Still Stands: A Symphonic Portrait of the Stages of a Hebraic Man, commissioned by the Stephen S. Wise Temple and first performed in 1989,[1] and the 1993 Israeli Suite. He also wrote an unproduced opera based on Norman Corwin's The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. Scharf died of heart failure at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, at the age of 92.[2][3] Awards and honors[edit] Scharf received the Golden Score Award from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers in 1997.[4] Selected filmography[edit]

Josette (1938) Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) Thumbs Up (1943) Someone to Remember
Someone to Remember
(1943) In Old Oklahoma
In Old Oklahoma
(1943) The Fighting Seabees
The Fighting Seabees
(1944) The Lady and the Monster Atlantic City (1944) Lake Placid Serenade
Lake Placid Serenade
(1944) Earl Carroll Vanities
Earl Carroll Vanities
(1945) Mexicana (1945) Dakota (1945) Casbah (1948) The Saxon Charm
The Saxon Charm
(1948) City Across the River (1949) Red Canyon (1949) Take One False Step
Take One False Step
(1949) Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949) Buccaneer's Girl
Buccaneer's Girl
(1950) Sierra (1950) South Sea Sinner
South Sea Sinner
(1950) Deported (1950) The Court Jester
The Court Jester
(1955) Time Table (1956) Three Violent People
Three Violent People
(1957) The Joker Is Wild
The Joker Is Wild
(1957) The Geisha Boy
The Geisha Boy
(1958) Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) The Bellboy (1960) Cinderfella
(1960) The Ladies Man
The Ladies Man
(1961) The Errand Boy
The Errand Boy
(1961) It's Only Money
It's Only Money
(1962) My Six Loves
My Six Loves
(1963) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1963) Honeymoon Hotel (1964) Where Love Has Gone (1964) Pendulum (1969) If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
(1969) The Cheyenne Social Club
The Cheyenne Social Club
(1970) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Ben (1972) Walking Tall (1973) Walking Tall Part 2
Walking Tall Part 2
(1975) Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977) When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
(1978) The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal
The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal
(1979) The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) Twilight Time (1982)


^ Greg Wager, "Film Composer Scharf, 78, Looks for New Challenge", Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1989. ^ "Walter Scharf, 92; Movie and TV Composer, Arranger, Conductor". Los Angeles Times. February 28, 2003.  ^ "Walter Scharf, 92, Film Score Composer". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 1, 2003.  ^ "ASMAC Golden Scores". American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Walter Scharf at AllMusic Walter Scharf discography at Discogs Walter Scharf on IMDb Walter Scharf at Find a Grave

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Original Song


"Town Without Pity" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1961) "Circus World" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1964) "Forget Domani" Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani
(1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert
Bert Kaempfert
(1966) "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (1967) "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand (1968) "Jean" Music & Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen


"Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini (1970) "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1971) "Ben" Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf (1972) "The Way We Were" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1973) "I Feel Love" Lyrics by Betty Box, Music by Euel Box (1974) "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics by Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine
(1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom


"Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) "Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/"Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
(1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken


"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
(1990) "Beauty and the Beast" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1991) "A Whole New World" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) "Streets of Philadelphia" Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen (1993) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Elton John (1994) "Colors of the Wind" Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Music by Alan Menken (1995) "You Must Love Me" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996) "My Heart Will Go On" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by James Horner (1997) "The Prayer" Music & Lyrics by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa (1998) "You'll Be in My Heart" Music & Lyrics by Phil Collins
Phil Collins


"Things Have Changed" Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000) "Until..." Music and lyrics by Sting (2001) "The Hands That Built America" Music and lyrics by Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge
The Edge
& Larry Mullen Jr.
Larry Mullen Jr.
(2002) "Into the West" Music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
& Frances Walsh (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music and lyrics by Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
& David A. Stewart (2004) "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) "The Song of the Heart" Music and lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson (2006) "Guaranteed" Music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
(2007) "The Wrestler" Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2008) "The Weary Kind" Music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
& T Bone Burnett (2009)


"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren (2010) "Masterpiece" Music & Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry (2011) "Skyfall" by Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend
John Legend
(2014) "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (2015) "City of Stars" by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "This Is Me" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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