Charles Fox, TV’s Music Man

Charles Fox, music composer extraordinaire

Americans have been inviting Emmy & Grammy winning composer Charles Fox into their homes for years via their television sets.  He has created many of the greatest theme songs in TV history including Happy Days, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, Love, American Style, as well as Monday Night Football and The Wide World of Sports, to name only a few.  In fact, Charles Fox is the only artist to have had 3 TV Songs in the top forty. Charles also wrote popular music, most notably I Got A Name by Jim Croce and Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack.

His latest book is titled, Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music with a foreword by Roberta Flack.

Charles was musically influenced by Jazz, Latin and Classical music. He studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, who previously worked with American composer Aaron Copland.

Charles was motivated to write his book because of an incident that occured before his mother died. She was hospitalized and Charles was bringing her memorabilia to keep her company. Doing so, he discovered a shoe box of letters, long dissertations, on his experiences in Paris. He wanted to capture these before they were lost.

When I pinned Charles down about his favorite pieces, he said they were all special and he listed Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Love American Style and Wonder Woman among his favorites.

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