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Also Known As: Herbert W Spencer, Herbert Winfield Spencer Died: September 18, 1992
Born: April 7, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chile Profession: composer, arranger, musician, music coordinator

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Veteran composer and arranger who worked extensively in radio, film, theater and TV, spending 20 years at Twentieth Century-Fox under renowned musical director Alfred Newman. Spencer received Oscar nominations for his work on Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" (1970) and Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), though his most indelible impact on pop culture is as the composer of the theme for "The Andy Griffith Show". The last decade or so of his career was spent primarily as the orchestrator and arranger for prolific film composer John Williams. Spencer collaborated with Williams on features including the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series; Spielberg's "1941" (1979), "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Empire of the Sun" (1987) and "Always" (1989); Mark Rydell's "The River" (1984); George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick (1987); and John Hughes' "Home Alone" (1990).

Veteran composer and arranger who worked extensively in radio, film, theater and TV, spending 20 years at Twentieth Century-Fox under renowned musical director Alfred Newman.

Spencer received Oscar nominations for his work on Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" (1970) and Norman Jewison's "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), though his most indelible impact on pop culture is as the composer of the theme for "The Andy Griffith Show". The last decade or so of his career was spent primarily as the orchestrator and arranger for prolific film composer John Williams. Spencer collaborated with Williams on features including the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series; Spielberg's "1941" (1979), "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Empire of the Sun" (1987) and "Always" (1989); Mark Rydell's "The River" (1984); George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick (1987); and John Hughes' "Home Alone" (1990).

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 Star Wars (1977)
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Played in the Vincent Lopez Orchestra
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Worked in radio arranging orchestrations for the Dorsey brothers, Glenn Miller, and others
1935:
Began working in films
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Worked at 20th Century-Fox under musical director Alfred Newman
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Worked in TV with Earle Hagen doing music for variety shows starring Danny Thomas and Joey Bishop and other programs
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Worked abroad for a number of years
1976:
Returned to Los Angeles
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Worked primarily as orchestrator and arranger for film composer John Williams
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wife:
Diana Reid.

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