Sunday, May 22, 2016

The soundtrack composers in the NIGHT GALLERY: Saturday Music Club submitted for your approval on Sunday

Night Gallery was a disappointing television series, to say the least, even given the occasional excellences in individual episodes (they had the wit to adapt Fritz Leiber stories, but never very well; oddly, they did some of the best dramatization of Lovecraft we've seen). But in one regard, it was a pretty remarkable assembly, even for its time...check the soundtrack composers list from IMDb:

Series Music by  
Eddie Sauter ... (17 episodes, 1971-1973) 


Paul Glass ... (11 episodes, 1971-1972) 


Oliver Nelson ... (7 episodes, 1971-1972) 


Robert Prince ... (5 episodes, 1970-1971) 


Gil Melle ... (4 episodes, 1971-1972) 


Robert Bain ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972) 


John Lewis ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972) 


Billy Goldenberg ... (1 episode, 1969)


Benny Carter ... (1 episode, 1971)


Lalo Schifrin ... (1 episode, 1972)


Frank Skinner ... (1 episode, 1972)


The video below initially was set to Skinner's soundtrack music, but was "muted" by YouTube in response to a copyright claim. (Mostly retained so that Richard Robinson's comment below makes any sense, and in a wan hope the music will eventually be restored.)

4 comments:

Richard Robinson said...

Like the Schrifin, never heard the Wolf Man soundtrack before. Thanks, as always for these posts!

Todd Mason said...

Thank you! THE NEW CONTINENT is probably my favorite Schifrin album, as well as my favorite Gillespie Orchestra album.

This one was pretty easy to assemble, albeit the choosing for some composer/performers was more difficult than for others...

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Universal was using some amazing people for its music scores then, no question - you know, even though it wasn't that great, you've made me want to go and watch some of them now! I only have season 1 though - Leiber was from later, right?

Todd Mason said...

The adaptation of "The Dead Man" by Leiber was actually in the first regular series episode, not quite the pilot since the tv movie (soundtrack by Billy Goldenberg) served as pilot. Though I believe NG began as part of the "wheel" of programming on NBC, FOUR IN ONE (similar to THE NBC MYSTERY MOVIE).

"The Dead Man" was even weaker than their version of "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"...