Ira Newborn

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Ira Newborn (born December 26, 1949 in New York City) is an American musician and composer, best known for his work composing motion picture soundtracks.

Among the many movies Newborn has scored or for which he has written songs are Sixteen Candles; Weird Science; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Uncle Buck; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Mallrats; the smoky jazz score for Into the Night, for which he wrote music for B.B. King; and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He frequently worked with director John Hughes. He also stepped in as musical director and producer for The Blues Brothers. Newborn's many film credits also include a small acting role in Xanadu, in which he appears as a 1940s band leader.

Newborn’s most famous association is possibly as the soundtrack composer for the Naked Gun series of police satires starring Leslie Nielsen. Newborn’s brassy big band/blues theme song for the franchise first appeared on the TV series that inspired the movies, 1982’s Police Squad!.

Newborn has also worked in concerts and commercials, on Broadway, and in the recording industry as performer, arranger, composer, and conductor.

Newborn is also a professor at New York University, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in 1972. Influenced by everything from Johann Sebastian Bach to James Brown to the Beatles, guitarist Newborn led and played in several musical groups before signing on as the musical director for the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.

Among the many artists on whose records Ira Newborn has worked are Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, and The Pointer Sisters. Besides contributing to the "blockbuster" status of many motion pictures, a number of his film scores have received "cult status."

As a songwriter[edit]

Newborn wrote two songs performed by B.B. King for the Into the Night soundtrack: "My Lucille" and "Into the Night". Two songs co-written by Newborn appeared on the Into the Night LP, but not in the film: "Don't Make Me Sorry", co-written by Joe Esposito and performed by Patti La Belle; and "Keep It Light", co-written by Reginald "Sonny" Burke and performed by Thelma Houston.

Newborn also co-wrote "Clap Your Hands" for The Manhattan Transfer. He co-wrote the song "Get It On And Have A Party" with singer Patti Brooks for the Dr. Detroit soundtrack. Both "Geek Boogie" from Sixteen Candles and "Geek Romance" from Weird Science were credited to Ira and the Geeks.

He co-wrote "I Guess I'm Just Screwed" for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear with David Zucker and Robert LoCash. With Peter Segal, he co-wrote "The Food Song" for the Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult soundtrack.



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1981 All Night Long Jean-Claude Tramont Universal Pictures with Richard Hazard and José Padilla
1984 Sixteen Candles John Hughes Universal Pictures with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall
1985 Into The Night John Landis Universal Pictures N/A
Weird Science John Hughes Universal Pictures N/A
1986 Wise Guys Brian De Palma Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes Paramount Pictures N/A
1987 Dragnet Tom Mankiewicz Universal Pictures N/A
Amazon Women on the Moon Joe Dante
Carl Gottlieb
Peter Horton
John Landis
Robert K. Weiss
Universal Pictures N/A
Planes, Trains and Automobiles John Hughes Paramount Pictures with Steve Martin and John Candy
1988 Caddyshack II Allan Arkush Warner Bros. with Jackie Mason and Robert Stack
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! David Zucker Paramount Pictures N/A
1989 Collision Course Lewis Teague De Laurentiis Entertainment Group with Jay Leno and Pat Morita
Uncle Buck John Hughes Universal Pictures with John Candy and Macaulay Culkin
1990 Short Time Gregg Champion 20th Century Fox
Gladden Entertainment
with Dabney Coleman and Matt Frewer
My Blue Heaven Herbert Ross Warner Bros. N/A
1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear David Zucker Paramount Pictures N/A
1992 Brain Donors Dennis Dugan Paramount Pictures N/A
Innocent Blood John Landis Warner Bros. N/A
1993 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them Matthew Meshekoff Miramax N/A
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Tom Shadyac Warner Bros.
Morgan Creek Productions
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Peter Segal Paramount Pictures N/A
1995 The Jerky Boys: The Movie James Melkonian Touchstone Pictures N/A
Mallrats Kevin Smith Gramercy Pictures N/A
1996 High School High Hart Bochner TriStar Pictures N/A
1998 BASEketball David Zucker Universal Pictures N/A
Bad Manners Jonathan Kaufer Phaedra Cinema N/A


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