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Randy Edelman

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Prolific film composer Randy Edelman was created June 10, 1947, in Patterson, NJ, and discovered to try out piano by ear and wrote his initial songs at age 14. He briefly researched medicine on the College or university of Cincinnati before stopping school to go after a profession in music, ultimately landing an organizing gig at Ruler Information. In 1970, Edelman relocated to NY to are a staff article writer at CBS Information, concurrently playing keyboards within the Broadway creation The Sweetheart. He released his self-titled debut pop record in 1972, implemented afterwards that season by his initial film score, Outdoors In. Around that same period, he resolved in LA and became the standard opening work for the Carpenters, who protected his “Piano Picker” on the A Song for you personally LP. While single information like 1973’s Laughter & Tears and 1975’s Perfect Cuts gained Edelman a committed cult pursuing in Britain, back he continued to be best-known being a songwriter, with performers as different as Patti LaBelle, Olivia Newton-John, and Bing Crosby documenting his materials; in 1976, Barry Manilow reached the very best Ten with Edelman’s “Weekend in New Britain.” Through the early ’80s, he started writing for tv, most notably rating the strike MacGyver, and a series of Television movies; his 1st major film function, around the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito humor Twins, adopted in 1988. Following a flurry of comedic tasks including Ghostbusters 2, Kindergarten Cop, and My Cousin Vinny, Edelman gained his 1st Academy Honor nomination for his focus on the 1992 historic action-drama THE FINAL from the Mohicans. He later on gained an Emmy Award for his efforts to NBC’s protection from the 1996 Summer time Olympics.

Quick Facts


Full Name Randy Edelman
Profession Conductor, Film Score Composer
Education University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Nationality American
Spouse Jackie DeShannon
Children Noah D. Edelman
Awards BMI Film Music Award
Music Groups Alvin and the Chipmunks
Music Songs Bad Romance, Home, We Are Family, Trouble, The Girls of Rock N' Roll, Funkytown, All I Want for Christmas, Uptown Uptempo Woman, You Spin Me Round, Run the Runway, My Mother, Uptown Funk, Stayin' Alive, Bad Day, You Really Got Me, Vacation, Party Rock Anthem, Shake Your Groove Thing, How We Roll, The Last of the Mohicans: Main Title, Purple People Eater, Getting Lucky, Say Hey, Concrete and Clay, Running All Night, The Chipmunk Song, I See You, Main Title, Witch Doctor, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Fife and Gun, You Gotta Be Cool
Albums The Last Of The Mohicans (Original Motion Picture Score), Dragonheart, Leap Year, Gettysburg, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Farewell Fairbanks, 27 Dresses, The Indian in the Cupboard, Daylight, Kindergarten Cop, While You Were Sleeping, Anaconda, Six Days Seven Nights, Shanghai Noon, Black Knight, Beethoven, The Whole Nine Yards, Angels in the Outfield, The Pacific Flow to Abbey Road, Surviving Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Quest, Balls of Fury, Underdog: Original Soundtrack, The Ten Commandments, The Distinguished Gentleman, For Richer or Poorer, Citizen X, Disney's Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill, Leave It to Beaver, If Love Is Real, The Hunley, Gone Fishin', MacGyver, xXx, Passion of Mind, Randy Edelman and His Piano: The Very Best of...
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Movies The Last of the Mohicans, Dragonheart, XXX, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Mask, Kindergarten Cop, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Leap Year, Ghostbusters II, 27 Dresses, My Cousin Vinny, While You Were Sleeping, Beethoven, Anaconda, Six Days, Seven Nights, The Boy Next Door, Shanghai Noon, Gettysburg, Son of the Mask, Angels in the Outfield, Twins, Gods and Generals, Shanghai Knights, Beethoven's 2nd, Surviving Christmas, Come See the Paradise, Balls of Fury, The Whole Nine Yards, The Big Green, Citizen X, Connie and Carla, For Richer or Poorer, Executive Action, Osmosis Jones, EDtv, The Chipmunk Adventure, The Distinguished Gentleman, Black Knight, Billy Madison, The Indian in the Cupboard, Drop Dead Fred, Quick Change, Passion of Mind, Down Periscope, Pontiac Moon, Greedy, Gone Fishin', Eyes of an Angel, Corky Romano, The Hunley, China: The Panda Adventure


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#Fact
1 Second husband of Jackie DeShannon.
2 Several of the themes from his score for Gettysburg (1993) (e.g. "Fife and Gun") are used frequently in various film trailers and television programing, particularly sports coverage. His theme from The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993) was used in coverage of the Olympics in 2002, and again by NBC during its coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
3 His main theme composed for DragonHeart (1996) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) was heavily used in movie trailers, at the end of the 90s.
4 Had hit records in the UK with 'Concrete and Clay' and 'Uptown, Uptempo Woman'.
5 Attended the University of Cincinnati


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MacGyver 2016 TV Series composer - 6 episodes
Leaves of the Tree 2016 composer: theme music
The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire: Spilled Milk 2010 Short original score: from Ghostbusters 2
Leap Year 2010 composer: theme music - uncredited / conductor
Beethoven's Big Break 2008 Video composer: theme music
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 conductor / orchestrator
27 Dresses 2008 musician: piano solos / orchestrator
Balls of Fury 2007 conductor / orchestrator / score producer
Underdog 2007 conductor / orchestrator
The Last Time 2006 conductor
The Ten Commandments 2006 TV Mini-Series conductor - 2 episodes
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 composer: additional music
Beethoven's 5th 2003 Video composer: Original Beethoven Theme
Shanghai Knights 2003 conductor
xXx 2002 conductor
Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 conductor / orchestrator
Corky Romano 2001 conductor
Shanghai Noon 2000 orchestra conductor
Edtv 1999 conductor
Boys Will Be Boys 1999 TV Movie composer: additional music
Six Days Seven Nights 1998 conductor
Gone Fishin' 1997 conductor
Daylight 1996 conductor
DragonHeart 1996 conductor
Diabolique 1996 conductor / musician: piano soloist
The Big Green 1995 orchestrator
The Mask 1994 conductor
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. 1993-1994 TV Series composer - 26 episodes
The Making of 'Gettysburg' 1993 Video documentary composer: "Gettysburg" original music
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993 conductor / orchestrator
The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 conductor
The Last of the Mohicans 1992 conductor
MacGyver 1985-1992 TV Series composer - 139 episodes
Alvin & the Chipmunks 1988-1989 TV Series composer - 24 episodes
Mr. Sunshine 1986 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The Chipmunk Adventure 1986 arranger: songs / conductor
Maximum Security 1984-1985 TV Series composer - 7 episodes
Ryan's Four 1983 TV Series composer - 5 episodes
A Chipmunk Christmas 1981 TV Movie composer: original songs

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Sunshine 1986 TV Series 2 episodes
The Chipmunk Adventure 1986
Happily Ever After 1985 TV Movie
Maximum Security 1984-1985 TV Series 7 episodes
Scandal Sheet 1985 TV Movie
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 TV Series 1 episode
A Doctor's Story 1984 TV Movie
When Your Lover Leaves 1983 TV Movie
Blood Sport 1973 TV Movie
Executive Action 1973
Snatched 1973 TV Movie
Outside In 1972
Max 2: White House Hero 2017 completed
Leaves of the Tree 2016
Back in the Day 2016
The Boy Next Door 2015
Star Wars Escape from Planet RX7 2013 Short
The Greening of Whitney Brown 2011
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins 2011 Documentary
Leap Year 2010
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008
27 Dresses 2008
Balls of Fury 2007
Underdog 2007
The Last Time 2006
The Ten Commandments 2006 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Chow Bella: Hollywood's Pampered Pooches 2005 Video documentary short
Cartoon Logic 2005 Video documentary short
Introducing Cameron Diaz 2005 Video documentary short
Return to Edge City 2005 Video documentary short
What Makes Fido Run? 2005 Video documentary short
Creating 'Son of the Mask': Digital Diapers and Dog Bytes 2005 Video documentary short
Son of the Mask 2005 music by
HBO First Look 2004-2005 TV Series documentary 2 episodes
Paw Prints and Baby Steps: On the Set of 'Son of the Mask' 2005 Video documentary short
Surviving Christmas 2004
Surviving Christmas: Unwrapping the Comedy 2004 TV Short
Connie and Carla 2004
Gods and Generals 2003
Shanghai Knights 2003
National Security 2003
xXx 2002
Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002
A Season on the Brink 2002 TV Movie
Black Knight 2001
Corky Romano 2001
Who Is Cletis Tout? 2001
Osmosis Jones 2001 music composed and conducted by
China: The Panda Adventure 2001
Head Over Heels 2001
Shanghai Noon 2000
The Skulls 2000
The Whole Nine Yards 2000
Passion of Mind 2000
The Hunley 1999 TV Movie
Edtv 1999
Six Days Seven Nights 1998
For Richer or Poorer 1997
Leave It to Beaver 1997
Gone Fishin' 1997
Anaconda 1997
Daylight 1996
DragonHeart 1996
The Quest 1996
Diabolique 1996
Down Periscope 1996
The Big Green 1995
The Indian in the Cupboard 1995
While You Were Sleeping 1995
Tall Tale 1995
Citizen X 1995 TV Movie
Billy Madison 1995
Pontiac Moon 1994
The Mask 1994
Angels in the Outfield 1994
Greedy 1994
Beethoven's 2nd 1993
Gettysburg 1993
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993
The Distinguished Gentleman 1992
The Last of the Mohicans 1992
Beethoven 1992
Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story 1992 TV Movie
My Cousin Vinny 1992
Shout 1991
V.I. Warshawski 1991
Eyes of an Angel 1991
Drop Dead Fred 1991
Kindergarten Cop 1990
Come See the Paradise 1990
Quick Change 1990
Ghostbusters II 1989
Troop Beverly Hills 1989
Twins 1988
Feds 1988
ABC Afterschool Specials 1988 TV Series 1 episode
MacGyver 1985-1987 TV Series 16 episodes
Dennis the Menace 1987 TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alex Cross 2012 writer: "All Our Secrets Are the Same"
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2009 writer: "Weekend in New England"
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 music: "My Sweet Eternal Love"
War of the Servers 2007 writer: "Mingebag Rave"
King and Queen of Hearts 2005 Video documentary writer: "Weekend in New England"
American Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks 2003 Video writer: "Friends"
Lea Salonga Live 2003 Video documentary writer: "Carpenters Medley"
Rush Hour 2 2001 performer: "The Hong Kong Cha Cha"
Friends 1998 TV Series 1 episode
Gone Fishin' 1997 arranger: "Down In The Everglades" / producer: "Down In The Everglades"
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Five - Satan Claus III: The 13th Day of Christmas 1996 TV Movie performer: "Rival Walk and Discovery", "Cora", "Parlay", "The British Arrival" / writer: "Rival Walk and Discovery", "Cora", "Parlay", "The British Arrival"
Troop Beverly Hills 1989 arranger: "Kumbaya"
The Chipmunk Adventure 1986 performer: "Theme from The Chipmunk Adventure" / writer: "Off to See the World", "Theme from The Chipmunk Adventure"
The Magic of David Copperfield II 1979 TV Movie writer: "Weekend in New England"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale
The Carpenters... Space Encounters 1978 TV Special writer: "Piano Picker"
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 Our Guests at Heartland

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters 2016 Video documentary post-production Himself
The Making of 'Dragonheart' 1997 Video documentary Himself
Rod and Emu's Saturday Special 1983 TV Series Himself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Himself
Arrows 1976 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
2005 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Most Intrusive Musical Score Son of the Mask (2005)
2003 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards xXx (2002)
2003 Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award BMI Film & TV Awards
1999 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
1998 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Anaconda (1997)
1996 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards While You Were Sleeping (1995)
1995 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Mask (1994)
1994 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
1992 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Kindergarten Cop (1990)
1991 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards MacGyver (1985)
1990 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Ghostbusters II (1989)
1989 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Twins (1988)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Original Score for Television The Ten Commandments (2006)
1998 FMCJ Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Original Score for a Comedy Film Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
1997 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music DragonHeart (1996)
1993 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture The Last of the Mohicans (1992) · Trevor Jones
1993 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Original Film Score The Last of the Mohicans (1992) · Trevor Jones


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