David Shire Biography (1937-)

Full name, David Lee Shire; born July 3, 1937, in Buffalo, NY; son of IrvingDaniel and Esther Miriam (maiden name, Sheinberg) Shire; married Talia Rose Coppola (an actress; professional name, Talia Shire), March 29, 1970, (divorced); married Didi Conn (an actress), February 11, 1984; children: (first marriage) Matthew Orlando; (second marriage) Daniel Joshua. Addresses: Contact: Geibelson Young and Co., 2029 Century Park E., Suite 750, Los Angeles, CA 90067-2908.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer
Birth Details
July 3, 1937
Buffalo, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Music supervisor, The Fortune (also known as Spite and Malice), Columbia, 1975
  • Producer of electronic music, 2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Music conductor, Return to Oz (also known as The Adventures ofthe Devil in the Sky), Buena Vista, 1985
  • Film Appearances
  • First piano player, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Columbia, 1976
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Music conductor, Alone (also known as Horton Foote's Alone), Showtime, 1997
  • Music conductor, Ms. Scrooge, USA Network, 1997
  • Specials
  • Music director, Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Saturday Night Fever, 1977
  • Starting Here, Starting Now, 1977
  • Baby, 1984
  • Return to Oz, 1985
  • Closer Than Ever, 1990
  • David Shire at the Movies, 1991
  • Big, 1996
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scores, Except Where Indicated
  • Title song, I'd Rather Be Rich, 1964
  • One More Train to Rob, Universal, 1971
  • (And song, "Having the Time of Our Lives") Summertree, Columbia, 1971
  • Skin Game, Warner Bros., 1971
  • Drive, He Said, Columbia, 1971
  • To Find a Man, Columbia, 1972
  • (Adapter) Steelyard Blues, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Two People, Universal, 1973
  • Showdown, Universal, 1973
  • Class of '44 (also known as Tre Kompisar), Warner Bros., 1973
  • The Conversation, Paramount, 1974
  • The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (also known as Pelham 1-2-3), United Artists, 1974
  • (Adapter) The Fortune (also known as Spite and Malice), Columbia, 1975
  • Farewell, My Lovely, Avco Embassy, 1975
  • The Hindenburg, Universal, 1975
  • (And song "Nobody's Perfect") Harry and Walter Go to New York,Columbia, 1976
  • All the President's Men, Warner Bros., 1976
  • The Big Bus, Paramount, 1976
  • (Adapter, with Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb) Saturday Night Fever, Paramount, 1977
  • (And songs, "Two of Us" and "Doin' Fine") Straight Time, Warner Bros., 1978
  • (And songs, "The Promise" and "I'll Never Say Goodbye") The Promise (also known as Face of a Stranger), Universal, 1979
  • Old Boyfriends, Avco Embassy, 1979
  • (And title song) Fast Break, Columbia, 1979
  • (And song, "It Goes like It Goes"), Norma Rae, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • "Halfway Home," The Earthling, Filmways, 1980
  • (And song, "I Need You Strong for Me") The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Avco Embassy, 1981
  • Only When I Laugh (also known as It Hurts Only When I Laughand Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh), Columbia, 1981
  • (And song, "Baby Talk") Paternity, Paramount, 1981
  • The World According to Garp, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Max Dugan Returns, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • 2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Oh, God! You Devil, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Return to Oz (also known as The Adventures of the Devil in theSky), Buena Vista, 1985
  • (And song, "Come and Follow Me") Short Circuit, TriStar, 1986
  • 'night, Mother, Universal, 1986
  • Backfire, ITC, 1987
  • Vice Versa, 1988
  • Monkey Shines (also known as Ella and Monkey Shines: AnExperiment in Fear), 1988
  • Bed and Breakfast, 1992
  • The Journey Inside, 1993
  • One Night Stand (also known as Before the Night), 1995
  • "Ethnic Majority," Kevin and Perry Go Large, 2000
  • Television Scores, Except Where Indicated
  • Series
  • McCloud, NBC, 1970
  • Sarge, NBC, 1971
  • The Sixth Sense, 1972
  • Lucas Tanner, NBC, 1974
  • Joe and Sons, CBS, 1975
  • Three for the Road, CBS, 1975
  • Sirota's Court, NBC, 1976
  • (And theme, "There's a New Girl in Town") Alice, CBS, 1976
  • The Practice, NBC, 1976
  • (And theme) Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected and A Twist in the Tale), NBC, 1977
  • Theme music, Flying High, 1978
  • Darkroom, 1981
  • Theme music, Hothouse, ABC, 1988
  • (And theme) Brewster Place, ABC, 1990
  • Room for Two, Fox, 1992
  • Television Scores
  • Miniseries
  • Echoes in the Darkness, CBS, 1987
  • The Women of Brewster Place, ABC, 1989
  • I Know My First Name Is Steven (also known as The Missing Years), NBC, 1989
  • Common Ground, CBS, 1990
  • The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (also known as The Great Los Angeles Earthquake), NBC, 1990
  • The Kennedys of Massachusetts, ABC, 1990
  • Bloodlines: Murder in the Family, NBC, 1993
  • Remember (also known as Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember), CBS, 1993
  • Streets of Laredo (also known as Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo), CBS, 1995
  • Television Scores, Except Where Indicated
  • Movies
  • McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? (also known as Portraitof a Dead Girl), NBC, 1970
  • Marriage: Year One, NBC, 1971
  • Harpy, CBS, 1971
  • The Impatient Heart, NBC, 1971
  • The Priest Killer, NBC, 1971
  • See the Man Run (also known as The Second Face), 1971
  • Isn't It Shocking?, ABC, 1973
  • Killer Bees, ABC, 1974
  • Tell Me Where It Hurts, CBS, 1974
  • Lucas Tanner, NBC, 1974
  • Sidekicks, CBS, 1974
  • The Tribe, ABC, 1974
  • The Godchild, ABC, 1974
  • The Healers, NBC, 1974
  • The Virginia Hill Story, 1974
  • Winner Take All (also known as Time Lock), NBC, 1975
  • Oregon Trail, NBC, 1976
  • McNaughton's Daughter (also known as Try to Catch a Saint), NBC, 1976
  • Amelia Earhart, NBC, 1976
  • Raid on Entebbe, NBC, 1977
  • Something for Joey, CBS, 1977
  • The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened, CBS, 1977
  • The Storyteller, NBC, 1977
  • The Defection of Simas Kudirka, CBS, 1978
  • Daddy, I Don't Like It like This, CBS, 1978
  • Theme music, Flying High, 1978
  • Do You Remember Love?, CBS, 1985
  • The Blue Yonder (also known as Time Flyer), ABC, 1985
  • Promise, CBS, 1986
  • Convicted (also known as Convicted: A Mother's Story),NBC, 1987
  • Mayflower Madam, CBS, 1987
  • Jesse, NBC, 1988
  • God Bless the Child, ABC, 1988
  • A Promise to Keep, NBC, 1990
  • Always Remember I Love You, CBS, 1990
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall, CBS, 1991
  • The Boys (also known as The Guys), ABC, 1991
  • Paris Trout, HBO, 1991
  • Broadway Bound (also known as Neil Simon's Broadway Bound), ABC, 1992
  • Last Wish, ABC, 1992
  • Bed of Lies, ABC, 1992
  • Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story (also known as Fatal Love), ABC, 1992
  • The Habitation of Dragons, TNT, 1992
  • Nightmare in the Daylight, CBS, 1992
  • Four Eyes and Six-Guns, TNT, 1992
  • Skylark (also known as Sarah, Plain and Tall: Skylark), CBS, 1993
  • Heartbeat (also known as Danielle Steel's Heartbeat), NBC, 1993
  • Jane's House, CBS, 1994
  • Once in a Lifetime (also known as Danielle Steel's Once ina Lifetime), NBC, 1994
  • Lily in Winter, USA Network, 1994
  • Reunion, CBS, 1994
  • The Companion, USA Network, 1994
  • My Antonia, USA Network, 1995
  • A Father for Charlie (also known as High Lonesome), CBS, 1995
  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, NBC, 1995
  • My Brother's Keeper, CBS, 1995
  • Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (also known as AlmostGolden), Lifetime, 1995
  • Tecumseh: The Last Warrior, TNT, 1995
  • Murderous Intent, CBS, 1995
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Die, ABC, 1995
  • The Heidi Chronicles, TNT, 1995
  • Jake's Women (also known as Neil Simon's Jake's Women), CBS, 1996
  • Last Stand at Saber River, TNT, 1997
  • Alone (also known as Horton Foote's Alone), Showtime, 1997
  • Ms. Scrooge, USA Network, 1997
  • To Dance with Olivia, CBS, 1997
  • I Married a Monster, UPN, 1998
  • Rear Window, ABC, 1998
  • Double Platinum, ABC, 1999
  • Spenser: Small Vices (also known as Robert B. Parker's Small Vices and Small Vices), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End, CBS, 1999
  • Thin Air (also known as Thin Air: A Spenser Mystery), Artsand Entertainment, 2000
  • Also composed music for Chris, PBS; Three Faces of Love; If I Had a Million; and The Clinic.
  • Specials
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?, 1971
  • Rex Harrison Presents Short Stories of Love, 1974
  • Doctor Dan, 1974
  • This Better Be It, 1976
  • (And theme music) Alice, CBS, 1976
  • Home Room, 1981
  • (And theme music) Man about Town, ABC, 1986
  • Song composer, The Rita Rudner Comedy Specials, Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • Contributor of special musical material, Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • Texan, Showtime, 1994
  • Talking With, PBS, 1995
  • Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs, TNT,1999
  • Television Scores
  • Episodic
  • Getting Together, ABC, 1971
  • Love Story, NBC, 1973
  • "Hell Toupee," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • "Moving Day," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1987
  • Also composed music for episodes of Alias Smith and Jones, ABC; CBS Playhouse, CBS; It Takes a Thief, ABC; and The Virginian, NBC.
  • Television Specials
  • Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • Stage Music
  • The Sap of Life, Sheridan Square Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Graham Crackers, Upstairs at the Downstairs, New York City, 1962
  • The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • How Do You Do, I Love You, Yale Dramatic Association, 1968
  • Love Match, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Starting Here, Starting Now, Barbarann Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Baby, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Urban Blight, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1988
  • Closer Than Ever, 1989
  • Big, U.S. cities and Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Visiting Mr. Green, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Personals, Apollo Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Also wrote the scores for Cyrano, The Grand Tour, Yale Dramatic Association; As You Like It, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City; The Loman Family Picnic; and Shmulnik's Waltz.
  • Other Music
  • Sonata for Cocktail Piano, 1965
  • Composing credits include the songs "Autumn" (music and lyrics with Richard Maltby, Jr.), 1959; "Starting Here, Starting Now," 1965; "What about Today?," 1969; "Manhattan Skyline," 1977; "No More Songs for Me"; "Washington Square" (music and lyrics with Bob Goldstein); "And So You Go"; "BeautifulChanges"; "First Thing in the Morning"; "Time Will Tell"; "Another Way"; "I'd Rather Be Rich"; "Take a Look Around"; "It's So Easy"; "Please Stay"; "Only When I Laugh"; "The Morning After"; and "I Need You Strong for Me." Songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Hamilton Camp, Melissa Manchester, Judy Collins, Debby Boone, Jennifer Warnes, Glenn Campbell,Lainie Kazan, Marily May, The Village Stompers, Billy Preston and Syreeta, Johnny Mathis, Kathe Green, Dennis Weaver, Robert Goulet, Pearl Baily, Tim Morgan, Cliff Richard, Maureen McGovern, Brenda Lee, and Shirley Bassey.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The television special Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, November 30, 1997, broadcast by ABC in 1993, was based on a conceptby Shire.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals:
    • Newsweek, p. 84N.

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