Alex North

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Alex North

First composer to receive an Honorary Academy Award add

Category: Music

Born in 1910.

Countries: United States (75%), United Kingdom (10%), (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Hy Zaret, Unchained Melody, Jerry Goldsmith

Linked to: American Broadcasting Company, American Film Institute, CBS, Orchestra

 

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Alex North was born in 1910 add something


1955

Todd Duncan - In 1955, Duncan was the first to record "Unchained Melody", a popular song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret

 

Ghost (1990 film) - The soundtrack contained use of the 1955 song "Unchained Melody", composed by Alex North with lyrics by Hy Zaret, which appears in both instrumental form and the 1965 recording by The Righteous Brothers

 

Hy Zaret - Zaret's biggest success, though, was "Unchained Melody," a song he co-wrote with film composer Alex North for the 1955 prison film "Unchained" , which was nominated for the Academy *award for Best Original Song

 

Unchained Melody - "'Unchained Melody"'" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret


1956

Playhouse 90 - With Alex North's opening theme music, the series debuted October 4, 1956 with Rod Serling's adaptation of Pat Frank's novel "Forbidden Area"


1965

North is known for his opening to the CBS television anthology series "Playhouse 90" and the 1965 ABC television miniseries "FDR" add something


 

He won the 1968 Golden Globe award for his music to "The Shoes of the Fisherman" add something


1974

Although North later incorporated motifs from the rejected score for "The Shoes of the Fisherman", "Shanks" , and "Dragonslayer", the score itself remained unheard until composer Jerry Goldsmith rerecorded it for Varèse Sarabande in 1993 add something

 

Although North later incorporated motifs from the rejected score for "The Shoes of the Fisherman", "Shanks" , and "Dragonslayer", the score itself remained unheard until composer Jerry Goldsmith rerecorded it for Varèse Sarabande in 1993 add something


1976

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his score for the 1976 television miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" add something


 

He was however awarded an Honorary Academy award in 1986; he was the first composer to receive it add something


Alex North died in 1991 add something


2016

In 2016, the Library of Congress added North's 1951 recording of his score to "A Streetcar Named Desire" to its National Recording Registry add something