Frank Gari

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Frank Gari (born Frank Daniel Garofalo[1] in New York City on April 1, 1944[2]) is a singer, songwriter, and composer.

Early life[edit]

Gari was a popular singer and songwriter from the late 1950s and early 1960s. His best known songs as a performer are "Utopia", "Lullaby of Love", and "Princess", all of which hit the U.S. Billboard top 40 charts in the early 1960s. Contributing to this early acclaim was Gari's unique rich voice blending with carefully selected melodic instrumentation and backup singers, all of which created a deep sense of magic, ethereal perfection, sincerity and emotion. With song writing partner Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, they wrote the song "Beach Ball" while working with singer Bobby Darin. Gari and McGuinn appeared on Capitol Records billed as the City Surfers. Frank performed his records on shows such as The Merv Griffin Show, The Steve Allen Show, and American Bandstand. He also performed at the world famous "Empire Room" of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City with the Woody Herman Band. That year, he moved to Cleveland, becoming a jingle writer for television commercials. Some of his early jingles were for Ohio Bell, Genie garage doors, and early commercials for Wendy's. Frank has won numerous Emmy and Clio awards, and was later honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the broadcast industry.

News music compositions[edit]

Gari is best known today as a music composer and producer for television, and is also one of the most sought after composers of music for television newscasts in America. His first television theme and image campaign was the popular "Catch 5", originally written for WEWS-TV in Cleveland in 1970. Gari also created and produced the most popular television image theme in the history of the broadcast industry, entitled "Hello". He continued composing music for the American Broadcasting Company during the early and mid-1980s, and created such campaigns as "We're With You on ABC", "Now is the Time, ABC is the Place", and "Come On Along with ABC" with Artie Schroeck, as well as "That Special Feeling on ABC", and "You'll Love it on ABC".[3] He also composed music for Eyewitness News on ABC such as WABC-TV, ABC's Good Morning America (in 1989), CBS This Morning, The Phil Donahue Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Gari also has international acclaim; in 1993, he composed the "Sky Symphony" theme for BSkyB in Europe, and the 1995 "It's On Sky" (also known as "No Turning Back") image piece. The Sky signature from the 1990s was spread to all the Sky channels, including Sky One, Sky Movies, and the defunct Sky Soap and Sky Movies Gold. Sky News used "The Great News Package" as their main theme from 1989 (when they launched their four-channel Astra lineup) until September 1993, and continued to use it (for main news bulletins on Sky News only) alongside the 'Sky Symphony' until 1995. He also composed the early 1990s theme for RTL in Germany called "News Line", which was later adopted by Maryland Public Television in the US, and in the Philippines it was adapted for the primetime newscast TV Patrol on ABS-CBN.

On January 12, 2015, Warner Music Group's Warner/Chappell Production Music unit acquired Gari Communications.

Television news music packages written by Frank Gari[edit]

Name Years used Notes
Advantage 1990s–present Originally composed for WFSB (Hartford, Connecticut)
Allegro 1990s-present Used by ABS-CBN
The B Package 1998–2014 Originally composed for stations owned by Hearst Television (used from 1998–2004)
Catch 5 1970–1986 Composed for WEWS-TV
The CBS Enforcer Music Collection 1994–present Originally composed for WBBM-TV (Chicago)
Champion News Series early 1990s
Countdown
Daily News
The Edge 2008–present
Empire late 1990s–2016
Eyewitness News 1995–present Originally composed for WABC-TV (New York), KABC-TV (Los Angeles), and KTRK-TV (Houston)
First News 1998–present
Good Day 1999–2004 Composed for KTTV (Los Angeles)
Good News 1985–early 2000s
The Great News Package 1987–early 2000s
Hello News 1980s–early 2000s
Hometown News 1994–2008 Originally composed for KPRC-TV (Houston)
The Hour
Image News 1995–present Originally composed for stations owned by Hearst Television (used from 1995–2003)
Innovation
It's All Right Here Early 1990s
Making A Difference mid 1980s–late 2000s
Mi San Diego
The NBC Collection 1996–present Exclusive to NBC affiliates; consists of:
  • NBC - Flagship
  • NBC - New Millennium
  • NBC - News Now
  • NBC - Premier
  • NBC - Speed of Life
  • NBC - New Generation
News Horizon
News Line 1994–early 2000s Originally composed for RTL Television; later used by Maryland Public Television and ABS-CBN
News Series 2000 Early 1980s-mid 1990s Based off the "Tar Sequence" from the Cool Hand Luke soundtrack
News Series 2001 1990–early 2000s
News Source 1995–2008
News Station 1993–2015
News Watch 1990s Composed for KGW (Portland)
On Your Side 1980s–mid 1990s
The One and Only 1993–present Originally composed for WPLG (Miami/Fort Lauderdale)
The One For All 1980s–mid 1990s
The Paramount 1996–early 2010s Originally composed for UPN affiliates
Pride Inside 1980s–late 1990s
So Good To Turn To 1980s
Stimulus 1992–present Originally composed for WLS-TV (Chicago); sometimes called "News Series 2000 Plus"
This Is Home 2012–present Originally composed for stations owned by Gannett
This Is Your News 1996–2016
Turn To News late 1980s–mid 1990s
We'll Take You There
Where It All Happens 1990s–early 2000s Used by Mediacorp Channel 5; variant composed for WXIA-TV (Atlanta; 1993–1996)
Working For You late 1980s–early 1990s
The World At Home
The X Package 1999–present
The X-2 Package 2000–2006 Exclusive to Fox affiliates
You've Got A Friend

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elizabeth Curtis. "Frank Gari". TeenageHeaven.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  2. ^ Greg Adams. "Music Weird interviews Frank Gari, teen idol and TV theme composer". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Jingle Sheet Music Folio Books". 1983. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 

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