Ray Colcord

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Ray Colcord
Ray Colcord III

December 24, 1949 (1949-12-24)
DiedFebruary 5, 2016 (2016-02-06) (aged 66)
Years active1974–2016

Ray Colcord III (December 24, 1949 – February 5, 2016) was an American film and television composer[1][2][3] known for TV series such as 227, Silver Spoons, My Two Dads, Dinosaurs, Big Brother, and Boy Meets World. He is a former governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, served on the board of directors of the Film Preservation Society and was a member of the National Film Preservation Board. He has received ASCAP, BMI, and Dramalogue awards.

Life and career[edit]

Prior to his film and television career, Colcord worked as a session musician and an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) representative for Columbia Records, was responsible for Aerosmith's signing, and co-produced their second album, Get Your Wings.[4] He was the first music director of the Los Angeles improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.

Colcord played keyboards on the Lou Reed live album Rock n Roll Animal (1974).[5] Ray also played keyboards on American Pie, the album by Don McLean.[6]


Colcord died on February 5, 2016, in Los Angeles at the age of 66. He had pancreatic cancer for four years.[7] He was survived by his wife Madeleine, to whom he was married since 1983,[8] and son Alex.[4]


  • Killer By Nature
  • Resurrection Mary
  • Journeys Below the Line: ER - The Prop Masters (video documentary )
  • Journeys Below the Line: 24 - The Editing Process (video documentary)
  • The King's Guard
  • Heartwood
  • The Paper Brigade (video)
  • Amityville Dollhouse: Evil Never Dies (video)
  • Wish Upon a Star
  • The Sleeping Car
  • The Devonsville Terror - Composer


  • Dumb & Dumber - "Hip Hop Solution", "Rap me Silly", "Endangered Species", "Snow Bird Serenade"
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - "Bouzouki Trella"
  • Earth Girls Are Easy - "I Like 'Em Big And Stupid"
  • Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (video documentary) - "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun")


  • Lost at Home (TV series)
  • Family Affair (TV series)
  • Big Brother (TV series)
  • Embassy Television/Pay Television/Communications/Telecommunications Theme (1982)
  • Style and Substance (TV series)
  • Tales from the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaohs (TV documentary)
  • You Wish (TV series)
  • Hiller and Diller (TV series)
  • Promised Land (TV series)
  • Devil's Food (TV movie)
  • Television's Comedy Classics (TV movie)
  • Real Funny (TV movie)
  • Wow! The Most Awesome Acts on Earth (TV movie)
  • Maybe This Time (TV series)
  • 50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration (TV movie)
  • Black Sheep (TV movie)
  • Boy Meets World (TV series)
  • Girl Meets World
  • The Charmings (TV series, theme and music for season two)
  • Almost Home (TV series)
  • Where I Live (TV series)
  • Scorch (TV series)
  • The Torkelsons (TV series)
  • Dinosaurs (TV series)
  • The Julie Show (TV movie)
  • The Simpsons (TV series)
  • Singer & Sons (TV series)
  • Jury Duty: The Comedy (TV movie)
  • Ann Jillian (TV series)
  • Live-In (TV series)
  • Trial and Error (TV series)
  • Women in Prison (TV series)
  • My Two Dads (TV series)
  • The Charmings (TV series)
  • Sweet Surrender (TV series)
  • 227 (TV series)
  • Double Trouble (TV series)
  • Silver Spoons (TV series) - Composer for second half of seasons 4 to 5
  • Off Your Rocker (TV movie)
  • The Facts of Life (TV series) - Composer for seasons 7 to 9


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ "Ray Colcord Obituary (1949 - 2016) Los Angeles Times".
  4. ^ a b Ray Colcord, ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Simpsons’ Composer, Dies at 66, variety.com, access date February 9, 2016
  5. ^ Lou Reed - Rock 'N Roll Animal @Discogs.com Retrieved 10-12-2015.
  6. ^ Don McLean - American Pie @Discogs.com Retrieved 10-12-2015.
  7. ^ The Society of Composers & Lyricists - "SCL Special Announcement" Retrieved 02-07-2016.
  8. ^ Ray Colcord 3d Is Wed To Madeleine E. Ennis nytimes.com, access date February 9, 2016

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