Herbert Spencer


Arranger, Composer

About

Also Known As
Herbert W Spencer, Herbert Winfield Spencer
Birth Place
Chile
Born
April 07, 1905
Died
September 18, 1992

Biography

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 them...

Family & Companions

Diana Reid
Wife

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Performer

Music (Feature Film)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Music
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Music
In America (2003)
Composer
Runaway Bride (1999)
Song
North (1994)
Theme Song
Presumed Innocent (1990)
Original Music
Home Alone (1990)
Original Music
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Original Music
Always (1989)
Original Music
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Song
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Original Music
Five Corners (1988)
Song
Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Original Music
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Original Music
Return to Oz (1985)
Original Music
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Original Music
The River (1984)
Original Music
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Original Music
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Original Music
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Original Music
Monsignor (1982)
Music Arranger
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Original Music
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Original Music
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Original Music
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Music
Dracula (1979)
Original Music
Breaking Away (1979)
Original Music
1941 (1979)
Original Music
Superman:The Movie (1978)
Original Music
Black Sunday (1977)
Original Music
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Music Coordinator
Man of La Mancha (1972)
Music Associate
M*A*S*H (1970)
Orchestration
Scrooge (1970)
Associate Music Supervisor
The Undefeated (1969)
Orchestration
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Orchestration
A Flea in Her Ear (1968)
Orchestration
Funny Girl (1968)
Orchestration
Bandolero! (1968)
Orchestration
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Orchestration
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Orchestration
Chuka (1967)
Orchestration
Smoky (1966)
Orchestration
The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
Orchestration
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Orchestration
All Hands on Deck (1961)
Orchestration
Say One for Me (1959)
Orchestration
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Orchestration
Holiday for Lovers (1959)
Orchestration
The Best of Everything (1959)
Orchestration
Spring Reunion (1957)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)
Orchestration
Carousel (1956)
Orchestration
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
Orchestration
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Background Music collaborated with
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
Music Supervisor
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
Composer
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Orchestration
Titanic (1953)
Orchestration
Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953)
Orchestration
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Orchestration
Call Me Madam (1953)
Orchestration
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)
Orchestration
The I Don't Care Girl (1953)
Orchestration
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
Orchestration
The Lady Says No (1952)
Composer
The Frogmen (1951)
Orchestration
Half Angel (1951)
Orchestration
Golden Girl (1951)
Orchestration
Call Me Mister (1951)
Orchestration
Meet Me After the Show (1951)
Orchestration
Love That Brute (1950)
Orchestration
Under My Skin (1950)
Orchestration
Wabash Avenue (1950)
Orchestra Arrangement
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
Orchestration
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Orchestration
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Orchestration
I'll Get By (1950)
Orchestration
Dancing in the Dark (1950)
Orchestration
My Blue Heaven (1950)
Orchestration
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Orchestra Arrangement
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Orchestration
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
Orchestration
You're My Everything (1949)
Orchestra Arrangement
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Orchestration
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Orchestra Arrangement
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)
Orchestration
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Road House (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Cry of the City (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
You Were Meant for Me (1948)
Orchestra Arrangement
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
Orchestra Arrangement
Forever Amber (1947)
Orchestra Arrangement
Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
Orchestra Arrangement
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Orchestra Arrangement
Margie (1946)
Orchestra Arrangement
Claudia and David (1946)
Orchestra Arrangement
Do You Love Me (1946)
Orchestra Arrangement
Centennial Summer (1946)
Orchestra Arrangement
Wake Up and Dream (1946)
Orchestra Arrangement
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Orchestra Arrangement
Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
Orchestra Arrangement
That Night in Rio (1941)
Music Arrangement
On the Avenue (1937)
Orchestration
Thanks a Million (1935)
Music Arrangement

Music (Special)

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
Music

Music (Short)

Know Your Ally: Britain (1943)
Orchestration

Life Events

1935

Began working in films

1976

Returned to Los Angeles

Companions

Diana Reid
Wife

Bibliography