Friday, May 30, 2008

Jesus, I learned of all of these deaths just today

Harvey Korman is dead at age 81. A brilliant comedian and multiple Emmy winner, Korman was indeed a favorite. He was often at his best with two other formidable talents, Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks. Dick Martin and now Harvey. I will miss them. Froggy Love Daddy? Daddy loved Froggy - an awful lot.

The Film and Television Academy lost two very great composers this week. Two composers that I was a big fan of and whose melodies are in the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions.

Alexander Courage has died at age 88. Courage, who was best known in the industry for his conducting, arranging, and orchestrating is best known to the public for his composing. The opening measure to his Star Trek theme is known the world over and is associated with boldly going where no man has gone before. Alexander has boldly gone - but has left us with a profound legacy.

Composer Earle Hagen has also died. Another composer most famous for his television work, Hagen's melodies were embedded in our national psyche and we've lost another major talent. Quoted from "His television work included composing original music for over 3,000 television episodes, pilots and TV movies, including theme songs for That Girl, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." His classic "Harlem Nocturne" became the theme for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.


Bill Courtney said...

Harvey Korman was a funny guy from the days when people like Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis still. Too bad not too many funny guys like that left, or if there are they can not get a job in our modern age, when funny is usually synonymous with flatulence or

I especially seem to recall right now his skits with Tim Conway on the Carol Burnett show. His work with Mel Brooks was special as well.

Ira Gabelsberger said...

We've lost several cinematic greats in the last several days. We also cannot forget the great Sydney Pollack. From his memorable Out of Africa to the brilliant Tootsie to They Shoot Horses don't They?, Pollack marched to the beat of his own drummer and wasn't pushed around by the establishment. He will certainly be missed.

Chick Young said...

Yes, I will miss Sydney immensely. You ought to borrow This Property is Condemned from me, one of my fave Pollack films. You'll love it! Thanks Ira. All the best