TV Theme Song Writer Allyn Ferguson Dead at 85
by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2010
TV theme song writer Allyn Ferguson died Wednesday of natural causes according to Variety. He was 85.
Ferguson co-wrote the theme songs for many recognizable TV franchises, including 'Charlie's Angels' (pictured) and 'Barney Miller,' and co-wrote scores for shows like 'Starsky and Hutch' and 'S.W.A.T.' with his partner, Jack Elliott.
Ferguson garnered eight Emmy nominations -- six for movies and miniseries, including 'Ivanhoe' and 'The Last Days of Patton.' He won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series of a Special in 1985 for 'Hallmark Hall of Fame: Camille.'
His musical education started at the age of four, with trumpet lessons from jazz icon Red Nichols. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Aaron Copeland at Tanglewood.
Ferguson served as the musical director for various awards programs, including the Kennedy Center Honors, the American Movie Awards, the Grammys, Oscars and Emmys. He and Elliott created the Foundation for New American Music in 1978. The Foundation's music ensemble, the New American Orchestra, performed symphonic works and reflected Ferguson's jazz training.
Ferguson's last credit listed on IMDB.com was for 2001's 'Back to the Secret Garden.'
Born: 10/18/1924, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/23/2010, Westlake Village, California, U.S.A.
Allyn Ferguson's westerns - composer:
Terror at Black Falls - 1962
Support Your Local Gunfighter - 1971
The Legend of Earl Durand - 1974
Big Bend Country (TV) - 1981
Stone Fox (TV) - 1987
Highn Noon (TV) - 2000