Charles Fox (composer)

Charles Ira Fox ( born October 30, 1940 in the Bronx, New York City ) is an American composer and songwriter who primarily through his song Killing Me Softly with His Song gained worldwide recognition in addition to his years of experience as a composer.


Charles Ira Fox was born as the son of Walter and Mollie Fox in New York City. After his high school graduation Fox studied from 1959 to 1961 under Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau, before he subsequently studied under Lennie Tristano and jazz piano with Vladimir Ussachevski electro music at Columbia University. Early in his career he worked as a composer and arranger for artists such as Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and Joe Quijano and then at Bob Israel's Score Productions, where he worked for television shows such as Match Game, What's My Line? and To Tell The Truth wrote. He had with Norman Gimbel, as he gave the song Killing Me Softly with His Song wrote this in 1972 and composed, won the 1974 Grammy Award for both Song of the Year his first big international hit.

After 1968 the French-Italian science fiction film Barbarella wrote his first known film music, Fox wrote in over 30 years as a film composer for over 100 film and television productions, music, including such well-known as The Gods Must Be Crazy, Help, European Vacation and number 5 does not give up. For his work in a very crooked Tour and The flip side of the coin, he was nominated for an Academy Award in each of the best film songs. Among other awards and nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and the BMI Film & TV Awards, Fox was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Since September 9, 1962 Fox is married to Joan Susan Redman, with whom he has three children together, including the writers Robbie Fox.

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