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Charlie Chaplin

voc, 1889-1977 CH, London
Composer of Soundtrack
A.k.a. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr.

Born April 16th, 1889, in London – died December 25th, 1977, in Vevey (Switzerland). Chaplin was a British comedy actor, and one of the most important personalities in the silent film genre. One of his most famous movies is "The Great Dictator", a satiric movie about Hitler and the Nazi regime. Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, edited, starred in, and composed the music for most of his films. Chaplin developed a passion for music as a child, and taught himself to play the piano, violin, and cello. From "A Woman of Paris" (1923) onwards he took an increasing interest in the musical accompaniment to his films. With the advent of sound technology, Chaplin began using a synchronised orchestral soundtrack – composed by himself – for "City Lights" (1931). He thereafter composed the scores for all of his films, and from the late 1950's to his death, he scored all of his silent features and some of his short films. Though Chaplin was not a trained musician & he could not read sheet music, and he needed the help of professional composers such as David Raksin, Raymond Rasch & Eric James when creating his scores, his participation & creative genius in the process could not be denied. Chaplin's composition "Smile", composed originally for "Modern Times" (1936) and later set to lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, was a hit for Nat King Cole in 1954. For "Limelight", Chaplin composed "Terry's Theme", which was popularized by Jimmy Young as "Eternally" (1952). Finally, "This Is My Song", performed by Petula Clark for "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1967), reached number one on the UK and other European charts. Chaplin also received his only competitive Oscar for his composition work, as the Limelight theme won an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1973 following the film's re-release. As a filmmaker, Chaplin is considered a pioneer and one of the most influential figures of the early twentieth century. In 1975 he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Smile on Charlie Chaplin by Charlie Chaplin & Thomas Beckmann
Limelight on Charlie Chaplin by Charlie Chaplin & Thomas Beckmann
His Morning Promenade on The Kid by Charlie Chaplin
Final Speech - From "The Great Dictator" on The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin
Nonsense Song (Titine) - From "Modern Times" on Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology by Charlie Chaplin
Terry's Solo / Terry's Theme (Eternally) / Pas de Deux on Limelight by Charlie Chaplin
This Is My Song on A Countess From Hong Kong by Charlie Chaplin
At Home with the Infant on The Kid by Charlie Chaplin
Limelight Opening / Terry's Theme (Eternally) / Hurdy Gurdy Waltz on Limelight by Charlie Chaplin
This Is My Song on Charlie Chaplin by Charlie Chaplin & Thomas Beckmann

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
LimelightCharlie Chaplin2017Album
"Dictator" vocal & dubsRazzle, Nick Sasquash, Charlie Chaplin2016Album
The Essential Film Music CollectionCharlie Chaplin, Carl Davis, The City Of Prague Philharmonic2006Album
Music From The MoviesCharlie Chaplin2005Compil.
Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin2005Compil.
Modern TimesJ-Five feat. Charlie Chaplin2004Single
City LightsCharlie Chaplin2002Compil.
Musiques de FilmsCharlie Chaplin2001Compil.
Music By The Great Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin2000Album
The Music Of Charlie Chaplin The Unknown Side Of A GeniusCharlie Chaplin2000Album
Nothing So Good / Forever YoungBeres Hammond / Josey Wales & Charlie Chaplin1998Album
The Film Music Of Charles ChaplinCharlie Chaplin1996Compil.
The Original Music From His MoviesCharlie Chaplin1995Album
The Music Of Charles Chaplin Vol. 2 The TalkiesCharlie Chaplin1994Compil.
The Music Of Charles Chaplin Vol. 1 The Silent MoviesCharlie Chaplin1994Compil.
American Music Of The Stage And ScreenLeonard Bernstein / Charlie Chaplin / George Gershwin / The Alice Artzt Guitar Trio1993Compil.
Огни РампыCharlie Chaplin1991Album
The Music Of His FilmsCharlie Chaplin1989Compil.
Огни Большого ГородаCharlie Chaplin1989Album
Soundtracks Of His Famous MoviesCharlie Chaplin1989Compil.
City LightsCharlie Chaplin1989Album
Il Genio Musicale Di Un Grande Attore E RegistaCharlie Chaplin1981Compil.
Good-Bye Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin1978Album
Les Musiques Des Films De CharlotCharlie Chaplin1978Album
Musiche Alla RibaltaCharlie Chaplin1975Album
Poesia DI Un ClownCharlie Chaplin1973Album
Good Bye Again / SmileGeorges Auric, Charlie Chaplin1972Single
Modern TimesCharlie Chaplin1972Single
Les Musiques Des Films De Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin - Michel Villard1972Album
Der Circus (Original Film Soundtrack)Charlie Chaplin1969Album
La Comtesse De Hong KongCharlie Chaplin1968Single
La Comtesse De Hong KongCharlie Chaplin1967Single
This Is My SongCharlie Chaplin1967Single
Charles Chaplin's A Countess From Hong Kong - The Original Soundtrack AlbumCharlie Chaplin1967Album
Charles Chaplin's A Countess From Hong Kong - The Original Soundtrack AlbumCharlie Chaplin1967Album
La Comtesse De Hong KongCharlie Chaplin1967Album
A Countess From Hong KongCharlie Chaplin1966Single
Uno, Due, TreAndré Previn, Charlie Chaplin, Armando Sciascia1962Single
The Chaplin Revue (Background Music From The Sound Track)Charlie Chaplin1960Album
Modern TimesCharlie Chaplin1959Album
Mandolin SerenadeCharlie Chaplin1957Single
Originalinspelningar Ur Filmerna "Rampljus" Och "Moderna Tider"Charlie Chaplin1957Single
Un Roi À New-YorkCharlie Chaplin1957Single
Smile / Chaplins ManschettvisaCharlie Chaplin1954Album
Sing A Song / With You, Dear, In BombayCharlie Chaplin Guest Conductor With Abe Lyman's California Orchestra1925Album
Charlie Chaplin 1889 - 1977Charlie ChaplinAlbum
RampljusCharlie ChaplinAlbum
Lichter Der GroßstadtCharlie Chaplin, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein - Junge Philharmonie Köln, Volker HartungCompil.
Modern Times - Jane Eyre - LauraCharlie Chaplin, Bernard Herrmann, David RaksinCompil.
SouvenirerCharlie ChaplinSingle
Chaplin CollectionCharlie ChaplinCompil.
Film ThemesCharlie ChaplinCompil.
Flautissimo (Ungewöhnliche Blockflötenmusik)Blockflötenensemble Franz-Josef Kastl ; Scott Joplin, Charlie Chaplin, Glenn Miller, Albert W. Ketelbey, Johann Strauss Jr.Album
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