“Forgotten Hollywood” – Composer Dies in Plane Crash…

Posted on June 22, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   An airplane registered to James Horner crashed in Los Padres National Forest in Southern California (around 60 miles north of Santa Barbara). The pilot died in the crash and was the only person aboard. Though the crash victim was not immediately identified, Variety later confirmed Horner’s death. His singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies.

   Horner was an accomplished concert hall composer before he moved into writing film scores. His first was for The Lady in Red, but he did not establish himself until he worked on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

James-horner   His scores for Titanic and Avatar remain the best selling orchestral film soundtracks to date. Both directed by James Cameron, they are also the highest-grossing movies of all time. Titanic’s enduring theme song, My Heart Will Go On, hit #1 around the world and become the best-selling single of 1998. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America included it in the Songs of the Century rankings. Celine Dion performed the track.                 JAMES HORNER —>

   He also collaborated multiple times with George Lucas, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, and Oliver Stone. Horner composed music for over 100 films, and won two Oscars and two Golden Globes. He prolifically scored for major productions, including  Braveheart, Cocoon, Field of Dreams, Aliens, Glory, An American Tail, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Legends of the FallThe Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Clear and Present Danger, The Pelican Brief, Patriot Games, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Willow, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, and The Amazing Spiderman. Somewhere Out There was another tune masterfully imagined by the maestro.

   Horner created the 2006-2011 theme music for the CBS Evening News. It was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor on September 5, 2006.

   James Horner, one of the essentials composers in cinematic history, was 61.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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