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Soundtrack music from the first silent forward. If it was written for the moving image, we'll play it. Library music included; popcorn optional.

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Options December 13, 2016: DR. LILLIAN GERSHENSON CARSON on Joseph Gershenson (Universal Pictures Music Head 1949-69)
Dr. Lillian Gershenson Carson discusses her father Joseph Gershenson's legacy. Russian-born Gershenson was orchestra leader at the Palace Theater on Broadway during the heyday of Vaudeville then Head of Music for the RKO-Keith Theaters' silent films nationwide before becoming a short film pioneer producer and music director. In 1939, Universal Pictures hired him to produce short film musicals and serials in Hollywood and later executive produce over 40 feature length films including early Westerns and "Universal Monsters" films. Eventually as the Music Department head from 1949-69, Gershenson supervised (and conducted) for over 300 films such as Touch of Evil, The Glenn Miller Story, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott & Costello's Little Giant, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Sweet Charity. He even gave Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Quincy Jones and the studio musicians now known as "The Wrecking Crew" some of their first jobs. Other collaborators include Vic Mizzy, Francis Lai, Leonard Rosenman, Hans J. Salter and Frank Skinner.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Images Approx. start time
Henry Mancini   Touch of Evil   Options Touch of Evil  Varèse Sarabande  1958 
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0:00:00 ()
Vic Mizzy/Sammy Kaye Orchestra  Main Title   Options The Night Walker  Percepto  1964 
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0:03:40 ()
 
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Henry Mancini  
The Monster Gets Mark   Options Creature from the Black Lagoon  RCA  1954 
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0:05:59 ()
Herman Stein/Irving Gertz/Henry Mancini   Main Title   Options It Came From Outer Space  Monstrous Movie Music   1953 
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0:08:46 ()
Jerry Goldsmith  Main Title   Options The List of Adrian Messenger  Varèse Sarabande  1963 
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0:09:27 ()
Frank Skinner/Earl Grant  Main Title   Options Imitation of Life  RCA  1958 
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0:11:37 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
DR. LILLIAN GERSHENSON CARSON 
Interview   Options on her father JOSEPH GERSHENSON     
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0:12:36 ()
Quincy Jones  A Shot In The Park   Options Mirage  Mercury  1965 
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0:27:56 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
DR. LILLIAN GERSHENSON CARSON 
Interview   Options on her father JOSEPH GERSHENSON     
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0:32:14 ()
Sammy Davis Jr.  The Rhythm Of Life   Options Sweet Charity  Decca  1969 
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0:38:13 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
DR. LILLIAN GERSHENSON CARSON 
Interview   Options on her father JOSEPH GERSHENSON     
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0:42:09 ()
Vic Mizzy   Main Title   Options The Ghost And Mr. Chicken  Percepto  1966 
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0:45:01 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
DR. LILLIAN GERSHENSON CARSON 
Interview   Options on her father JOSEPH GERSHENSON    1964 
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0:50:24 ()
Glenn Miller  Moonlight Serenade   Options The Glenn Miller Story  Decca  1954 
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0:56:40 ()
Frank Skinner  Main Title   Options Magnificent Obsession  Decca   
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0:58:58 ()
Benny Goodman  Seven Comes Eleven   Options The Benny Goodman Story  Decca  1955 
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1:00:58 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:07pm dale:

LOVE those vic mizzy scores for all the don knotts stuff. and green acres, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:08pm dale:

charleton heston made an odd looking mexican.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:11pm Michael 98145:

strings galore!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:20pm dale:

"WAIT FOR ME WILD BILL!" - love andy devine!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:24pm dale:

although i could see 'cary grant meets the mummy'
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 7:27pm Devon E. Levins:

...Maria Montez and Sabu films!
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 7:36pm Devon E. Levins:

Bob Bain, Carol Kaye and Don Costa in the photo
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:39pm dale:

great show!
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 7:41pm Devon E. Levins:

Thanks Dale!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/13/16 7:44pm melinda:

I liked the Wrecking Crew doc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:46pm dale:

loved the little old lady who said "they even used bon ami!" to try to get the blood stains off the organ
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 7:47pm Devon E. Levins:

Composer Bert Kaempfert and Joseph Gershenson in the prior photo likely when working on "A Man Could Get Killed" circa 1966
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 7:48pm Devon E. Levins:

The first appearance of his most famous composition "Strangers in the Night" without lyrics
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/13/16 7:53pm dale:

which one was with steve allen?
Avatar Tue. 12/13/16 8:01pm Dominick:

Loving the program
  Tue. 12/13/16 8:06pm bethany:

is this bethany or what??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/20/16 12:34am joeray:

I really enjoyed the show but was disappointed that there was no mention or programming of Alex North's "Four Girls in Town" suite.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/20/16 12:43am joeray:

I really enjoyed the show but wished you had programmed Alex North's "Four Girls In Town" suite.
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