Magazine article Variety

A Ministry of Magic

Magazine article Variety

A Ministry of Magic

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1 1956: Plays piano on studio recording sessions at Fox, and later Paramount, Columbia, Universal.

2 1958: Signs with Revue Studios to write music for TV. First screen credit: "M Squad," the Lee Marvin cop show. Earns first Grammy nomination for "Checkmate," first Emmy nom for "Alcoa Premiere."

3 1962: First film for 20th Century Fox, comedy "Bachelor Flat." First of many Fox projects including Irwin Allen TV series ("Lost in Space") and movies ("The Towering Inferno").

4 1973: Meets Steven Spielberg, who asks him to score his first feature, "The Sugarland Express."

5 1975: Scores Spielberg's second movie, "Jaws," winning an Oscar and spurring a resurgence of interest in traditional orchestral scores (after a decade of pop/rock scores for films like "The Graduate" and "Easy Rider").

6 1976: Spielberg introduces Williams to his friend George Lucas, who was looking for someone to create a classic-sounding symphonic score for "Star Wars. …

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