Perry Botkin Jr.
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Life and career
He was born in 1933 as son of Perry Botkin Sr., who also was a successful musician and composer.
Botkin had a successful career in music for over forty years. As an arranger, he worked with Bobby Darin, Harry Nilsson, Gary Crosby, The Lettermen, Ed Ames, and Harpers Bizarre, among others. The film scores that he composed are similar to the music of his partner and counterpart, Barry De Vorzon.
In 1990, Botkin retired from the commercial music industry, and began self-producing CDs of electronic music. James Harbert, in the liner notes for the first of these recordings, says, "With these new musical works, Perry Botkin has achieved his musical goal. He has succeeded in being himself."
- 1971 - Academy Award nomination - Best Song, "Bless the Beasts and Children", with Barry DeVorzon
- 1977 - Grammy Award winner - Best Instrumental Arrangement - "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)", with Barry DeVorzon and Harry Betts
- "Nadia's Theme" (with Barry DeVorzon)
- Hollyridge Strings - "The Beatles Songbook Vol.4" album (co-arranger/conductor (with Mort Garson)
- Incredible Bongo Band - "Bongo Rock" album
- Incredible Bongo Band - "The Return of the Incredible Bongo Band" album
- Bobby Darin - In a Broadway Bag album
- The Cascades - "Rhythm of the Rain"
- Robin Ward - "Wonderful Summer"
- The T-Bones - "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)"
- José Feliciano - "Feliz Navidad"
- Harry Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show album
- Carly Simon - Playing Possum album
- Barbra Streisand - Stoney End album
- Maureen McGovern - Academy Award Performance album
- The Checkmates - Love Is All We Have to Give album, including "Black Pearl"
- R. P. M. (1970) (with Barry DeVorzon)
- Bless the Beasts and Children (1971) (with Barry DeVorzon)
- Skyjacked (1972)
- They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
- Lady Ice (1973)
- Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973)
- Goin' South (1978) (with Van Dyke Parks)
- Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
- Dance of the Dwarfs (1983)
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
- Weekend Warriors (1986)
- ABC Movie of the Week (theme)
- The Young And The Restless (theme)
- Mork & Mindy (series)
- Happy Days (series)
- Laverne & Shirley (series)
- The Smothers Brothers Show (sitcom)
- Quark (series)
- 3rd Degree (game show)
- "Incredible Bongo Band (review)". CMJ New Music Monthly. October 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2011.