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Stephen C. Horne

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Laurel & Hardy library music
« on: January 13, 2021, 07:41:10 AM »
Hello all - a little request for my first post on this fine forum please :) Does anyone know which library/composer this digital compilation originates from?
https://www.amazon.com/Early-TV-Music-Films/dp/B073JB2Q3C/

It must be pre-1965, because most of the tracks are heard in this famous Laurel & Hardy silent film compilation from that year:
https://youtu.be/ii4ea3L-7wo?t=494

You can hear track 3 at 8:14 in the video for example. The film credits "Skeets Alquist" as composer, which was an alias for Richard Wolfe, AKA Dick Wolfe. But there's lots of other library music in the film as well, so it may not be him. Dennis Farnon, Fredric Bayco, Ronald Binge, Cedric King Palmer, Paul Fenoulhet and Ronald Hanmer (all mostly on the UK Conroy and JW Theme Music labels from the late 50s/early 60s) are some composers I've already confirmed as heard in the film, but not sure if they, Wolfe or others are responsible for the tracks on the compilation. To add to the mystery: the song titles listed on Amazon might not mean anything, since some of the same tracks appear on other digital compilations from that same 'Hot Ideas' label under different titles.

Any help or ideas would be hugely appreciated!
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apmnut

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 08:18:39 PM »
Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about these tracks. What I DO know, is that Sound Ideas purchased the rights to  this library and credited all the tracks to "Albert Marlowe", who had nothing to do with these tracks at all!

I don't know if Dick Wolfe actually composed these tracks or not, but some of 'em also show up in an  obscure 60s comedy series called "Mack and Myer for Hire". Music on that show is credited to "Ross-Gaffney", maybe they're the source of these tracks?

Stephen C. Horne

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2021, 07:27:11 AM »
What I DO know, is that Sound Ideas purchased the rights to  this library and credited all the tracks to "Albert Marlowe", who had nothing to do with these tracks at all!

Ah, that's a big help, thank you! Good to know who owns the library currently at least. I'm hoping I can eventually identify every bit of music from the Laurel & Hardy scenes in the film. Does anyone know what this particular track is at 52:17?
https://youtu.be/ii4ea3L-7wo?t=3137

apmnut

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2021, 02:17:49 PM »
Glad to help. The track you linked to - that's a Conroy track, "Football March" by Dennis Farnon.

As for the Sound Ideas/Hot Ideas tracks not in the Amazon compilation - you can hear the entire stock of these they released on AudioHero.com: https://download.audiohero.com/#!explorer?s=albert%20marlowe&o=title&d=a&show=25&pg=0
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KPM Lover

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 04:22:56 PM »
Involving Ross-Gaffney, I discovered this company ad:
https://worldradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Annuals/Archive-International-Television-Almanac-IDX/IDX/60s/International-Television-Almanac-1960-OCR-Page-0294.pdf

The announcement, in the Sound Effects section, shows some names of companies specializing in library music, such as Langlois, Thomas J Valentino and Ross-Gaffney herself. This announcement may be a hint about the origins of the songs in the Sound Ideas archival catalog.

apmnut

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2021, 06:15:34 PM »
I'm reminded when I saw this ad in a trade magazine, as well. Maybe this is the library that Sound Ideas later purchased:

Stephen C. Horne

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2021, 07:23:25 AM »
This is a tremendous help, thank you all so much! As I continue making my way though the rest of the L&H soundtrack, I may ask for more specific song IDs later if that's ok :)

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Re: Laurel & Hardy library music
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2021, 03:18:03 PM »
Involving the Sheriton Library, Im trying to find an album of this label. Does someone have any Sheriton album?