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Dominic Frontiere

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Dominic Frontiere offers led a profession that has trim across a minimum of four music genres more than a fifty percent century. Born right into a musical family members in New Haven, CT, in 1931, Frontiere used several instruments being a guy before buying the accordion, of which he created a daunting effectiveness. At age group 7, he was learning with virtuoso Joseph Biviano, with age group 12 he offered a single recital at Carnegie Hall in NY. Concurrent along with his instrumental teaching, nevertheless, Frontiere also researched classical music, especially composition and organizing. In 1949, he been successful Dick Contino — an accordionist who also liked a short thrust at film and rock and roll & move stardom within the low-budget film Daddy-O — in Horace Heidt’s music group, and in addition became Heidt’s business lead arranger. In 1952, after 3 years in Heidt’s music group, Frontiere quit the group to go to California, where he researched at U.C.L.A. with composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and conductor Felix Slatkin. Within an era once the Hollywood film studios were positively discouraging new candidates with their music departments, Frontiere was fortunate to find like a coach Alfred Newman, the top from the music division at 20th Hundred years Fox, and Newman’s sibling Lionel Newman, both of whom started utilizing Frontiere in organizing and orchestrating film ratings. During this time period, Frontiere also became a familiar shape on the Western Coast jazz picture, eventually developing his personal sextet. He was among the previous artists authorized to Liberty Information, slicing four albums inside a light jazz and pop-jazz vein along with his group for the recently shaped label. Frontiere also lower several feeling music instrumental albums, especially the unique Pagan Festival, that was constructed around Inca styles. And he made up, arranged, and carried out a unique stereo system showcase recording, known as The Mighty Accordion Music group, offering an ensemble of 20 accordions. From the first ’60s, primarily in colaboration with maker/movie director Leslie Stevens, Frontiere started composing music for films and tv. His early music ratings included the music for Hero’s Isle and the tv screen series Stoney Burke, nonetheless it was with Stevens’ technology fiction anthology series The Outer Restricts that Frontiere produced his first tag being a composer. His primary title theme as well as the music that he composed for the series’ initial season episodes had been being among the most innovative and compelling musical credit scoring ever created for tv — the vertigo-inducing name theme is renowned inside the sci-fi genre plus some of the greatest of his vocals on three shows was issued on the soundtrack Compact disc 30 years following the series continued the air. A lot of Frontiere’s music for this program was more advanced than a great deal of the music getting created for feature movies at that time. Although it had taken 30 years for the program’s music to seem with an record, Frontiere became a mainstay from the United Performers music section during the middle-’60s along with a familiar name within the composer credits for tv series airing on ABC-TV. He composed the music for such series because the Rat Patrol as well as the Invaders (both which sometimes utilized material created for The Outer Restricts), but additionally made a long lasting step to feature movies with the ratings for films such as for example Billie and Popi. In 1967, he was involved to create the music for Clint Eastwood’s initial American Western, Hang up ‘Em High. At that time, the companies were searching for music that could approximate the audio of Ennio Morricone’s rating of Eastwood’s Guy WITHOUT Name Westerns completed in Italy for movie director Sergio Leone. The composer dropped, directing out that his name was Frontiere, not really Morricone, and worked well in his personal style. The effect was a name theme that got on a existence of its when documented by Booker T. & the MG’s, which got a high Ten hit from the piece. His following movies consist of Hammersmith HAS GONE OUT, Chisum (which used again a number of the Outer Restricts music), as well as the Stunt Man. Through the 1970s, he became the top of Paramount’s music division for a while, among the last operating musicians to mind up a film studio’s music device full-time. He also done some highly noticeable recordings as an arranger and composer, like the title tabs on Dan Fogelberg’s Netherlands, which he organized and carried out, orchestrating Chicago XI by Chicago, as well as the film Modern Problems, that he published the title track “Gonna OBTAIN IT THE NEXT TIME,” that was performed from the Tubes. Because the 1980s, Frontiere continues to be busy employed in digital computer-generated music.

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Date Of Birth June 17, 1931
Profession Film Score Composer
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Spouse Georgia Frontiere, Cicely Evans
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Music Direction - Variety, Music or Dramatic Program
Music Songs Hang 'em High, On Any Sunday Main Title, Temple Of Suicide, The Paris Look, Bits & Pieces, Theme For Champions, The End Of Love, I Believed, When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering, Time Of Sunshine, Teen-Age, Sunday Drivin', Stretchin' Out, Jaguar God, Matt Houston, House Of Pleasure, The Stunt Man: Main Theme, Messin' Around, House Of Dawn, Rats on Parade, Love Theme, Moon Goddess, Wistful, Control Voice Introduction, Topless Rock, Venus Girl, Rats on the Move, Widow Maker, The Chase, On Any Sunday, The Outer Limits, God Of Seasons
Albums The Outer Limits, Hang 'em High, Pagan Festival: An Exotic Love Ritual For Orchestra, The Stunt Man, Cleopatra Jones, Love Eyes, The Rat Patrol, Brannigan, Hang 'Em High / The Aviator, The Stunt Man / An Unmarried Woman, Billie / Popi, Erotic Lounge Essentials, Guns for San Sebastian, Golden Oldies, The Greatest Hits Collection, A Name for Evil / The Unknown, Hammersmith Is Out, The Aviator, On Any Sunday, El Dorado Accordian, The Unknown (Original Motion Picture Score), Fabulous!!, Pagan Festival, Sensuous, Sultry, Jealous (Lounge Serie), Highlights Of Dominic Frontiere, Jaguar God
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
Movies Hang 'Em High, The Stunt Man, Color of Night, Chisum, On Any Sunday, Brannigan, The Train Robbers, Hammersmith Is Out, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold, Modern Problems, Freebie and the Bean, Barquero, Popi, The Gumball Rally, Incubus, Don't Go to Sleep, Hero's Island, One Foot in Hell, Billie, A Name for Evil, Defiance, The Aviator, Seven Thieves, The Marriage-Go-Round, Cancel My Reservation, The Love War, The Mark of Zorro, Haunts of the Very Rich, The Right Approach, A Global Affair, Lost Flight, Number One, My Old Man, Perfect Gentlemen, Who Is the Black Dahlia?


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1 He composed the main theme and music for the first season episodes of the original Outer Limits television series. However, by the end of the first season, tension, mainly due to artistic differences and financial issues, had developed between ABC network executives and the team of series creator Leslie Stevens and producer/writer Joseph Stefano. After ABC moved the show to a less favorable time slot for its second season, Stefano left the series. Frontiere, who had doubled as executive producer and was a confidante of Stefano and Stevens, saw his theme replaced for the second and final season by one composed by Harry Lubin, who had been the composer for another ABC series, the then recently-canceled One Step Beyond.
2 He was the seventh husband of the late former owner of the Los Angeles Rams, Georgia Frontiere. In December 1986, he was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for willfully filing a false income tax return and lying to IRS investigators to cover up his role in scalping Rams tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl game. He was also fined the maximum amount of $15,000 after the judge felt Frontiere had repeatedly lied in court when asked to explain his actions. He was released in September 1987 and the next year his wife filed for divorce.
3 Second husband of Cicely Evans.
4 In 1959, Frontiere was commissioned by American International Pictures to write a pop song for the end title of their dubbed Italian epic, Sheba and the Gladiator (1959) (aka "Sign of the Gladiator"). The end credits give the song as "Xenobia", composed by Dominic Frontiere, lyrics by Milton Raskin, sung by Bill Lee. ("Xenobia" was the lead part played by Anita Ekberg). AIP's record division, American International Records, promoted the film's release with a 7-inch single comprising of "Xenobia" and "Slave Dance" (AIR 501). However, Frontiere seems to have disowned the assignment. Although he has registered 1120 titles at BMI, "Xenobia" isn't one of them.
5 Was head of Paramount's music department during the 1970s.
6 Is distant cousins with the Fonte brothers Dominic Fonte (1912-2001) and Albert Fonte (1915-2004)
7 Composed the infamous 1969 Paramount TV jingle that was nicknamed "Closet Killer," which was used from the fall of 1969 until the fall of 1970.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Color of Night 1994 conductor
Trade Winds 1993 TV Mini-Series composer - 3 episodes
Matt Houston TV Series composer - 52 episodes, 1982 - 1985 theme by - 8 episodes, 1982 - 1984
The Aviator 1985 conductor
Strike Force TV Series composer - 1 episode, 1982 music by - 1 episode, 1981
Roar 1981 composer: Togar theme
Vega$ 1978-1981 TV Series composer - 62 episodes
The Young Pioneers 1978 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Washington: Behind Closed Doors 1977 TV Mini-Series composer - 1 episode
Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 composer: stock music - uncredited
Warhead 1977 composer: stock music - uncredited
Pipe Dreams 1976 conductor
The Gumball Rally 1976 composer: theme / conductor
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1975 conductor - uncredited
The Mark of Zorro 1974 TV Movie conductor / music adaptor
Chopper One 1974 TV Series composer - 12 episodes
The House of Seven Corpses 1974 composer: stock music - uncredited
Search 1972-1973 TV Series composer - 23 episodes
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary conductor - uncredited / musician: rocksichord - uncredited
Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 TV Movie conductor
The Last Escape 1970 composer: stock music - uncredited
Number One 1969 conductor
Mission Batangas 1968 composer: stock music - uncredited
The Invaders 1967-1968 TV Series composer - 28 episodes
Iron Horse 1966-1967 TV Series composer - 6 episodes
The Rat Patrol 1967 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The F.B.I. TV Series conductor - 60 episodes, 1965 - 1967 music conductor - 1 episode, 1967
12 O'Clock High TV Series composer - 77 episodes, 1964 - 1967 conductor - 77 episodes, 1964 - 1967
The Fugitive 1964-1966 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Incubus 1966 conductor
Namu, the Killer Whale 1966 composer: stock music - uncredited
Branded 1965 TV Series composer - 1 episode
A Global Affair 1964 conductor / orchestrator
The Outer Limits 1963-1964 TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Charade 1963 musician: accordion - uncredited
Stoney Burke 1962-1963 TV Series musical director - 32 episodes
Days of Wine and Roses 1962 musician: accordion - uncredited
The New Breed 1961-1962 TV Series composer - 36 episodes
Rawhide 1961 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The Right Approach 1961 musician: accordion solos - uncredited
High Time 1960 musician: accordion - uncredited
The Best of Everything 1959 musician: accordion - uncredited
The Brothers Karamazov 1958 musician: accordion - uncredited
Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1957 composer: additional music - uncredited
Around the World in Eighty Days 1956 musician - uncredited
The Last Wagon 1956 musician: accordion - uncredited
The Proud Ones 1956 musician: accordion - uncredited
Soldier of Fortune 1955 musician: accordion - uncredited
Many Rivers to Cross 1955 musician: accordion - uncredited
River of No Return 1954 musician: accordion - uncredited
Niagara 1953 musician: accordion - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind the Badge 2002
The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' 2000 Video documentary uncredited
Color of Night 1994
Palomino 1991 TV Movie
Get a Life 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Brutal Glory 1989 Video
Harry's Hong Kong 1987 TV Movie
The Aviator 1985
Velvet 1984 TV Movie
Dark Mirror 1984 TV Movie
Matt Houston 1982-1983 TV Series 9 episodes
Shooting Stars 1983 TV Movie
Don't Go to Sleep 1982 TV Movie
Modern Problems 1981
Strike Force 1981 TV Series 1 episode
Freebie and the Bean 1980-1981 TV Series 3 episodes
Breaking Away 1980 TV Series 1 episode
The Stunt Man 1980
Defiance 1980
Vega$ 1978-1980 TV Series 23 episodes
My Old Man 1979 TV Movie
The Young Pioneers 1978 TV Series 2 episodes
Perfect Gentlemen 1978 TV Movie
The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands 1978 TV Movie
Washington: Behind Closed Doors 1977 TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Yesterday's Child 1977 TV Movie
Pipe Dreams 1976
The Gumball Rally 1976
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1975
Brannigan 1975
Who Is the Black Dahlia? 1975 TV Movie
Fer-de-Lance 1974 TV Movie
Freebie and the Bean 1974
Chopper One 1974 TV Series 2 episodes
A Name for Evil 1973
Search 1972-1973 TV Series 22 episodes
The Train Robbers 1973
Cancel My Reservation 1972
Haunts of the Very Rich 1972 TV Movie
Movin' On 1972 TV Movie
Hammersmith Is Out 1972
Probe 1972 TV Movie
Revenge! 1971 TV Movie
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary
The Sheriff 1971 TV Movie
The Immortal 1969-1971 TV Series 16 episodes
The Young Rebels 1970-1971 TV Series 9 episodes
The Silent Force 1970 TV Series
Lost Flight 1970 TV Movie
Chisum 1970
Barquero 1970
The Love War 1970 TV Movie
John Wayne and Chisum 1970 Documentary short
Number One 1969
Popi 1969
The Name of the Game 1968-1969 TV Series 5 episodes
Massacre Harbor 1968
Hang 'Em High 1968
That Girl 1967-1968 TV Series 14 episodes
Iron Horse 1966-1968 TV Series 38 episodes
The Rat Patrol 1966-1967 TV Series 43 episodes
The Flying Nun 1967 TV Series 8 episodes
The Invaders 1967 TV Series 15 episodes
12 O'Clock High 1964-1967 TV Series 77 episodes
The Insider 1966 TV Movie
Incubus 1966
Preview Tonight 1966 TV Series 1 episode
Branded 1965-1966 TV Series 48 episodes
Will Banner 1965 TV Movie
Billie 1965
Fanfare for a Death Scene 1964 TV Movie
Mr. Kingston 1964 TV Movie
The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre 1964 TV Movie
The Outer Limits 1963-1964 TV Series 31 episodes
The Unknown 1964 TV Movie
A Global Affair 1964
Stoney Burke 1963 TV Series 1 episode
Hero's Island 1962
The New Breed 1962 TV Series 4 episodes
Belle Sommers 1962 TV Movie
Follow the Sun 1961 TV Series 1 episode
The Right Approach 1961 original score
The Marriage-Go-Round 1961
One Foot in Hell 1960
Seven Thieves 1960

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Watchmen 2009 performer: "The Outer Limits Theme", "Panic" / writer: "The Outer Limits Theme", "Panic"
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Taste of Others 2000 music: "Danielle Steel's Palomino" - as D. Frontiere
The Big Lebowski 1998 writer: "'Branded' Theme Song"
Contact 1997 writer: "Who Needs Wings To Fly"
Color of Night 1994 lyrics: "The Color of the Night", "The Color of the Night" Intrumental Version / music: "The Color of the Night", "The Color of the Night" Intrumental Version / writer: "Roses's Theme"
Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 writer: "Dragon"
Married with Children 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Modern Problems 1981 music: "Gonna Get It Next Time", "She Takes All Of Me"
The Stunt Man 1980 music: "Bits & Pieces"
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1975 music: "Playin' with Fire"
Freebie and the Bean 1974 lyrics: "title theme: You and Me", "Hard Core Man", "When You Need Someone" / music: "title theme: You and Me", "Hard Core Man", "When You Need Someone"
A Knife for the Ladies 1974 "Evil Lady"
Cancel My Reservation 1972 music: "Cancel My Reservation"
Movin' On 1972 TV Movie music: "Movin' On"
Hammersmith Is Out 1972 music: "For Openers", "Requiem", "When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering"
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary music: "On Any Sunday"
Chisum 1970 music: "Turn Me Around", "Ballad of John Chisum"
Popi 1969 music: "Popi"
The Flying Nun 1967 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Billie 1965 music: "Billie"
Branded 1965 TV Series writer: "Branded"
A Global Affair 1964 music: "So Wide the World", "Fais Do Do", "A Global Affair"
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sheba and the Gladiator 1959 music: "Xenobia" end title song, US dubbed version

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Outer Limits 1963-1964 TV Series production executive - 31 episodes
Stoney Burke 1963 TV Series production executive - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fer-de-Lance 1974 TV Movie executive producer
The Name of the Game 1968-1969 TV Series associate producer - 4 episodes
Fanfare for a Death Scene 1964 TV Movie associate producer
The Outer Limits 1964 TV Series associate producer - 1 episode
Stoney Burke 1962-1963 TV Series associate producer - 12 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
There's No Business Like Show Business 1954 Musician (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memories of a Maestro: Composer Dominic Frontiere 2012 Video documentary short Himself
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Himself
Filmharmonic '77 1977 TV Movie Himself - Conductor

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture The Stunt Man (1980)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction of a Variety, Musical or Dramatic Program Swing Out, Sweet Land (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Color of Night (1994) · Jud Friedman
· Lauren Christy
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song Color of Night (1994) · Jud Friedman
· Lauren Christy


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