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Charles Fox
Born October 30, 1940 (1940-10-30) (age 69)
New York City New York U.S.
Occupation composer

Charles Ira Fox (born October 30, 1940) is an American composer for film and television. His most heard compositions are probably the "love themes" (the sunshine pop musical backgrounds which accompanied every episode of the 1970s ABC-TV show Love, American Style), and the dramatic theme music to ABC's Wide World of Sports.


Early life

Fox was born in New York City, the son of Mollie and Walter Fox.[1] Having graduated from High School of Music and Arts Fox continued his musical education with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He studied the jazz-piano with Lenny Tristano and he learned electronic music with Vladimir Ussachevsky at Columbia University. He married Joan Susan Redman on 9 September 1962.

Fox's career

His career started by playing the piano for, composing and arranging for artists such as Ray Barretto, Joe Quijano and Tito Puente. He also wrote theme music and arranged for Skitch Henderson and the Tonight Show Orchestra. Fox worked under the banner of Bob Israel's Score Productions where he composed the themes for several Goodson-Todman game shows including NBC's version of the Match Game, the syndicated version of What's My Line?, and To Tell The Truth, whose lyrics were written by Goodson-Todman director Paul Alter. He co-composed the theme song for Love, American Style, along with Arnold Margolin.[2] He also co-composed "Killing Me Softly with His Song" with Norman Gimbel in 1971, which was first recorded by Lori Lieberman. They later wrote the theme songs to films and programs such as Last American Hero ("I Got A Name," sung by Jim Croce), Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.

Notable artists who worked with Fox

Most of his work is for film and television. He has worked with many artists, of these the most notable are:

"The Charles Fox Singers" was the credited name for the group vocalists who performed his compositions on television and movie themes and cues; they were actually The Ron Hicklin Singers.

Film scores

In total Fox has created film scores for over 100 films.

Awards and honors

Fox was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.


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