Stu Philips has had a long, varied and successful career music. He has gone from playing piano in cocktail lounges to conducting theLos Angeles Philharmonic. In between he has spent time as an arranger and conductor for night club performers; as a successful A & R record producer; as a composer for television and film.
Stu studied music at the high school of music & art in New York City and at the Eastman school of music in Rochester NY. His first professional job was as a copyist for 'The Milton Berle Texaco Hour'. at Eastman he wrote arrangements of pop tunes for the Rochester Civic Orchestra. Among some of the artists he accompanied and was musical director for were Jimmie Rodgers and Chris Connor.
Whilst at Colpix, Stu produced three number one hits; 'Blue Moon' for The Marcels', 'Johnny Angel' by Shelley Fabares and James Darren's 'Goodbye Cruel World'. He also produced Nina Simone, Vince Edwards, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Skyliners and Jimmy Beaumont and The Ronettes (before 'Be My Baby' and Phil Spector). At Capitol Records, Stu Phillips created and produced the Hollyridge Strings - who remarkably at one point in the early sixties had three albums simultaneously in the American top 20. As head of West Coast A & R for Epic Records, he recorded The Doodletown Pipers as well as Nancy Ames, Enzo Stuarti and Bob Crane. Stu also worked as a composer on 'The Donna Reed Show', ‘A Few Gidgets' and 'The Monkees'.
During the sixties and early seventies he also composed the music for approximately 15 feature films including the celebrated score for Russ Meyer's 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls', 'Ride The Wild Surf' and 'Macon County Line' and the soundtracks for the potpourri of surf, sex comedy and biker films featured in this collection including 'Hells Angels On Wheels' (starring Jack Nicholson) and the extraordinary surfing travelogue 'Follow Me', one of the most creative and skilfully realised film scores of the period.
Some of the artists who have recorded songs written by Stu and various co-writers are Nancy Sinatra, Tammy Wynette, BB King, George Hamilton, Dino Desi & Billy, The Sandpipers and Lynn Carey. In 1974, Phillips began a six year undertaking at universal studioscomposing the music to 'The Six Million Dollar Man' pilot, followed by 'Mccloud, 'Quincy', 'Switch', 'The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew'Battlestar Galactica', ‘Buck Rogers' 'Knightrider' and others. When Glen Larson left universal for 20th Century Fox, Stu accompanied him, scoring 96 episodes of ‘The Fall Guy', as well as 'masquerade' 'Automan' and 'The Highwayman'. Among some of is other credits are 'Spiderman', 'Chicago story' and 'Along Came Bronson'. He has been nominated for four Grammys.
The resurgence of fan interest in 'Battlestar Galactica', 'The Monkees' and 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' has found Stu attending cult film and fan club conventions involved with those shows. Now Stu's autobiography 'Stu Who? Forty Years Of Navigating The Minefields Of The Music Business' has been published. It tells the story of his colourful and stellar career in the music business and is deservedly garnering excellent reviews.
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