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Bill Conti - Going The Distance (Rocky)
Bill Conti - Going The Distance (Rocky)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti Tribute - Best Of The Best Greatest Hits (Rocky Edition)
Bill Conti Tribute - Best Of The Best Greatest Hits (Rocky Edition)
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Music Legacy
Bill Conti - Rocky - Going The Distance
Bill Conti - Rocky - Going The Distance
Published: 2011/07/13
Channel: Miguel Rosa
Bill Conti Interview and Solo Rocky Perfomance on piano
Bill Conti Interview and Solo Rocky Perfomance on piano
Published: 2010/04/27
Channel: Matt Biesiada
Bill Conti - Overture (Rocky II)
Bill Conti - Overture (Rocky II)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - Greatest Hits
Bill Conti - Greatest Hits
Published: 2008/09/27
Channel: benydebney
Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - Gonna fly now (Rocky) HD
Bill Conti - Gonna fly now (Rocky) HD
Published: 2010/03/15
Channel: drako2012
Famed composer Bill Conti explains birth of
Famed composer Bill Conti explains birth of 'Rocky' theme
Published: 2012/12/13
Channel: ABC 10 News
Bill Conti - Redemption (Rocky II)
Bill Conti - Redemption (Rocky II)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti   Mickey
Bill Conti Mickey
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Contra Gr
The Right Stuff Theme • Bill Conti
The Right Stuff Theme • Bill Conti
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: HD Film Tributes
Going The Distance  The Final Bell   Bill Conti
Going The Distance The Final Bell Bill Conti
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Travis Malis Salis
Bill Conti interview - Rocky soundtrack
Bill Conti interview - Rocky soundtrack
Published: 2012/09/08
Channel: Musicatis
The Karate Kid, Training Hard - Bill Conti Music Score
The Karate Kid, Training Hard - Bill Conti Music Score
Published: 2008/12/12
Channel: picto08
Bill Conti - The Final Bell (Rocky)
Bill Conti - The Final Bell (Rocky)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - Mickey (Rocky III)
Bill Conti - Mickey (Rocky III)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - You Take My Heart Away (Rocky)
Bill Conti - You Take My Heart Away (Rocky)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - Dynasty Opening Theme, Long Version
Bill Conti - Dynasty Opening Theme, Long Version
Published: 2013/01/06
Channel: ManicMindTrick
Bill Conti - Glider (Part I and Part II) [THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, USA - 1999]
Bill Conti - Glider (Part I and Part II) [THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, USA - 1999]
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: The Soundtrack Channel
Bill Conti - Philadelphia Morning
Bill Conti - Philadelphia Morning
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - North and South - Main Title
Bill Conti - North and South - Main Title
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: Miguel Rosa
Bill Conti - All Roads Lead To You (performed by Mark Campbell) OST Inferno
Bill Conti - All Roads Lead To You (performed by Mark Campbell) OST Inferno
Published: 2010/11/17
Channel: TheFlyFree
The Thomas Crown Affair- Bill Conti
The Thomas Crown Affair- Bill Conti
Published: 2011/02/12
Channel: Gardner Munn
Bill Conti on composing the "Falcon Crest" theme - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Bill Conti on composing the "Falcon Crest" theme - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Bill Conti - Rocky 2 Love Theme (for piano solo) - Vigil
Bill Conti - Rocky 2 Love Theme (for piano solo) - Vigil
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Juggernoud1
Rocky V - Street Fight (Bill Conti)
Rocky V - Street Fight (Bill Conti)
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: 6201Films
Bill Conti - Reflections
Bill Conti - Reflections
Published: 2010/01/06
Channel: Ewan Bruce
Bill Conti - The Karate Kid, Part II - Soundtrack (1986)‏
Bill Conti - The Karate Kid, Part II - Soundtrack (1986)‏
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: Fabio B
Bill Conti - Lock Up (Lock Up Soundtrack)
Bill Conti - Lock Up (Lock Up Soundtrack)
Published: 2010/09/15
Channel: sylvesterstallone46
Bill Conti - Vigil (Rocky II)
Bill Conti - Vigil (Rocky II)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Bill Conti - Conquest (Rocky II)
Bill Conti - Conquest (Rocky II)
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: Wardrip06
Rocky Balboa - Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
Rocky Balboa - Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: ZarFund Official
Going the distance - Bill Conti - Rocky Soundtrack
Going the distance - Bill Conti - Rocky Soundtrack
Published: 2009/05/20
Channel: Mainstream May
Escape to Victory - Soundtrack - Bill Conti
Escape to Victory - Soundtrack - Bill Conti
Published: 2009/06/15
Channel: Parata del 2 Giugno
Alone in the Ring by Bill Conti  (Steingraeber NI Akoustik Upright Piano) from Rocky film soundtrack
Alone in the Ring by Bill Conti (Steingraeber NI Akoustik Upright Piano) from Rocky film soundtrack
Published: 2009/06/23
Channel: danofsydney
Bill Conti on composing the "Dynasty" theme - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Bill Conti on composing the "Dynasty" theme - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Bill Conti - Mickey
Bill Conti - Mickey
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: Eren Göztepe
Bill Conti - Gloria (1980) main title theme
Bill Conti - Gloria (1980) main title theme
Published: 2009/09/22
Channel: Borgarborgen
Bill Conti
Bill Conti
Published: 2014/01/25
Channel: FilmMusicFoundation
Rocky Balboa - Bill Conti
Rocky Balboa - Bill Conti
Published: 2012/03/20
Channel: frederick292
Rocky (Theme) - Bill Conti
Rocky (Theme) - Bill Conti
Published: 2008/03/23
Channel: mikt87
Bill Conti- Lane
Bill Conti- Lane's Theme, song from the movie "8 Seconds"
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: bigbiff38
Bill Conti on scoring "Rocky" - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Bill Conti on scoring "Rocky" - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Rocky Balboa V soundtrack - Bill Conti - Mickey theme
Rocky Balboa V soundtrack - Bill Conti - Mickey theme
Published: 2013/08/04
Channel: zeroromeno
Bill Conti
Bill Conti's Famous TV Themes - Bill Conti/arr. James Kennedy
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Molenaar Edition
Bill Conti - The Karate Kid, Part  III - Soundtrack (1989)
Bill Conti - The Karate Kid, Part III - Soundtrack (1989)
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: Fabio B
Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky")
Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky")
Published: 2012/03/19
Channel: fab70smusic
"Training hard" by Bill Conti from The Karate Kid
"Training hard" by Bill Conti from The Karate Kid
Published: 2012/12/31
Channel: José Limachi
"Packing up" (Bill Conti)
"Packing up" (Bill Conti)
Published: 2008/08/29
Channel: Fera Fr
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Bill Conti
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Bill Conti, 2008
Background information
Birth name William Conti
Born (1942-04-13) April 13, 1942 (age 75)
Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Film score, Disco
Occupation(s) Composer, Conductor
Instruments bassoon, piano
Years active 1969–present

William "Bill" Conti (born April 13, 1942) is an American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Rocky (and four of its sequels), For Your Eyes Only, Dynasty, and The Right Stuff, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. He also received nominations in the Best Original Song category for "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky and for the title song of For Your Eyes Only. He has served as musical director at the Academy Awards a record nineteen times.[1]

Early life[edit]

Conti, an Italian American, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Lucetta and William Conti.[2] He graduated from North Miami High School in 1959.[3][4] He is a past winner of the Silver Knight Award presented by the Miami Herald.[5] He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and also studied at the Juilliard School of Music.

Rocky series[edit]

His big break into celebrity came in 1976, when he was hired to compose the music for a small United Artists film called Rocky. The film became a phenomenon. Conti's training montage tune, "Gonna Fly Now", topped the Billboard singles chart in 1977, and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. The film won three Oscars at the 49th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The same ceremony was also the first time Conti served as musical director for the Academy Awards, which he has done 18 times subsequently, more than anybody else.

Conti also composed music for the sequels Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006).

Other film and television credits[edit]

Conti also worked for some other films and, eventually, for television series. In 1981, he wrote the music for the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, when John Barry was unwilling to return to the United Kingdom for tax reasons, and provided the score for playwright Jason Miller's film version of his Pulitzer Prize winning play That Championship Season the following year.

In 1983, he composed the score for HBO's first film, The Terry Fox Story. Conti composed music for the films Bad Boys and Mass Appeal. Then in 1984, he received an Academy Award for composing the score to 1983's The Right Stuff followed by composing music for the TV series North and South in 1985. He also composed the score for The Karate Kid as well as the Masters of the Universe live action movie. Another Conti score was the 1987 film Happy New Year.

In 1991, he composed the score for Necessary Roughness, a college football movie starring Scott Bakula, Sinbad and Héctor Elizondo. In 1993, he composed and wrote the music for The Adventures of Huck Finn starring Elijah Wood and directed by Stephen Sommers. In 1999, he composed the score for The Thomas Crown Affair remake, starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo; in the same year he composed the original music of Inferno, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and co-starring late actor Pat Morita from another Conti scored movie, The Karate Kid.

He also composed the classic themes to television's Dynasty (as well as doing the score for the three-hour pilot, and episode after that), The Colbys, Falcon Crest and its pilot score, and Cagney & Lacey. Conti also composed the theme song to the original version of American Gladiators, worked with CBS on their 1980s movie jingle, composed one of the early themes to Inside Edition, and wrote the theme to Primetime Live for ABC News. In addition he composed the score to the studio altered American version of Luc Besson's The Big Blue.

Two of Conti's previously composed works were re-used for the show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. These were the love theme "Come With Me Now" from the soundtrack for Five Days From Home (used for the show's main theme), and "Runaway", from For Your Eyes Only (used for in-show content).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Conti has been nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one in the Best Original Score category for The Right Stuff.[6] He also received nominations in the Best Original Song category for "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky and for the title song of For Your Eyes Only.

He has received three Golden Globe nominations; two for Best Original Score for Rocky and An Unmarried Woman, and one for Best Original Song for the title song of For Your Eyes Only.

Conti has also received thirteen Emmy nominations, all but one of which are for his role as musical director at the Academy Awards (the exception, his first nomination, was for his music for the 1985 series North and South). He has won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction for the 64th, 70th and 75th Academy Award ceremonies.[7]

On April 22, 2008 at the LSU Union Theatre at Louisiana State University, Conti was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Music Behind the Screen: Cue Bill Conti". Musicbehindthescreen.blogspot.co.uk. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Bill Conti Biography (1942-)". Filmreference.com. 1942-04-13. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ "North Miami Sr. High School Alumni Events". Nmshaa.net. 1993-03-19. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  4. ^ Wikipedia Bill Conti .org
  5. ^ Benn, Evan S. "Silver Knight success stories". Miamiherald.com. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  6. ^ "The 56th Academy Awards (1984) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Awards Search". Emmys. Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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Preceded by
John Barry
1979
James Bond film score composer
1981
Succeeded by
John Barry
1983-1987

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