Herbert Spencer

Composer, Arranger, Musician
Veteran composer and arranger who worked extensively in radio, film, theater and TV, spending 20 years at Twentieth Century-Fox under renowned musical director Alfred Newman.

Spencer received Oscar nominations for ... Read more »

Born: 04/07/1905 in Chile

Filmography

Music (40)

North 1994 (Movie)

("Andy Griffith Show") (Theme Song)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

music orchestrations (Original Music)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Always 1989 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("Andy Griffith Theme") (Song)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

("Let the Little Girl Dance") (Song)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The River 1984 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

(Original Music)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

orchestration (Music Arranger)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Orchestration (Original Music)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

(Original Music)

1941 1979 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Dracula 1979 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

(Performer)

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (Movie)

(Music Coordinator)

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

Orchestration (Original Music)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

Music Supervisor Associate (Music Supervisor)

Bandolero! 1968 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Music

All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Andy Griffith Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Music

Holiday For Lovers 1958 (Movie)

orchestration (Music Arranger)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Best of Everything 1958 (Movie)

orchestration (Music Arranger)

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes 1955 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Biography

Veteran composer and arranger who worked extensively in radio, film, theater and TV, spending 20 years at Twentieth Century-Fox under renowned musical director Alfred Newman.

Spencer received Oscar nominations for his work on Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" (1970) and Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), though his most indelible impact on pop culture is as the composer of the theme for "The Andy Griffith Show". The last decade or so of his career was spent primarily as the orchestrator and arranger for prolific film composer John Williams. Spencer collaborated with Williams on features including the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series; Spielberg's "1941" (1979), "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Empire of the Sun" (1987) and "Always" (1989); Mark Rydell's "The River" (1984); George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick (1987); and John Hughes' "Home Alone" (1990).

Relationships

Diana Reid

Wife

Milestones

1976

Returned to Los Angeles

1935

Began working in films

Worked at 20th Century-Fox under musical director Alfred Newman

Played in the Vincent Lopez Orchestra

Worked primarily as orchestrator and arranger for film composer John Williams

Worked in TV with Earle Hagen doing music for variety shows starring Danny Thomas and Joey Bishop and other programs

Worked in radio arranging orchestrations for the Dorsey brothers, Glenn Miller, and others

Worked abroad for a number of years

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