Friday, June 27, 2008

Comment on William Grant Still and Television Theme for “Perry Mason”

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)]

Earlier today, AfriClassical posted “Works of William Grant Still and Carlos Chavez Presented in Long Beach on Sunday, June 29”. The concert program includes this statement: “Some other notable achievements include two Guggenheim Fellowships (1944, 1961), the theme song for New York’s World Fair (1939), and the themes for television’s Perry Mason and Gunsmoke.” The composer's daughter, Judith Anne Still, preserves his legacy with a business called William Grant Still Music as well as a website, She comments: “Thanks for the newest blog. Did it say that WGS composed the theme for PERRY MASON? He didn't compose the theme--only a great deal of the background music.”

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