Thursday, October 03, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Alan Silvestri
Album:Back To The Future: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film composer Alan Silvestri is best known for his work in the films of Robert Zemeckis including Back To The Future. He is one of today's top composers. He was born Mar. 26, 1950 in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. Silvestri studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Then he moved to Las Vegas and toured with Wayne Cochran & The CC Riders. Eventually he made his way to Los Angeles and lyricist Bradford Craig got him a job scoring the 1972 film The Doberman Gang. For most of the 70s Silvestri scored the music for the long running TV show CHiPs. In those days, composers were pigeon holed as TV guys and it was tough to get film work. In 1983, director Robert Zemeckis and producer and star Michael Douglas were working on post production of the 1984 film Romancing The Stone. Editor Frank Morriss remembered Silvestri from CHiPs and brought him in to score the film. He composed a demo overnight and Zemeckis was so happy with it that Silvestri was hired to score the film. Since then Silvestri has worked on all of Zemeckis' films including Back To the Future in 1985. He was nominated for a Grammy for that one. Silvestri also scored the other two films in the Back To The Future series. He has been nominated for two Oscars. The first was for the score of the 1994 film Forrest Gump. The second was for the song Believe from the 2004 film Polar Express. As I said, Silvestri has scored all of Zemeckis' films, the most recent being Flight in 2012. He also scored the hit film The Avengers. Silvestri's most recent films are The Croods and RED2. In 2011 he was given the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award. And here's Alan Silvestri conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra's performance of the main theme of Back To The Future at Hollywood In Vienna 2011.