John Beal is a film and television composer, who is most well-known not only for his work on numerous hit television shows, but as the industry's leading composer of original scores for theatrical motion picture trailers for over thirty years. Beal specialized in actual scoring for trailers, rather than creating library music which would be randomly licensed and plugged into marketing campaigns. Beal is the President of Reeltime Creative, formerly Reeltime Music.
Born in Santa Monica, California. His grandfather was involved with the very first television broadcasts from RCA in New York and the development of multi-channel sound for Disney's Fantasia (1940), and John's earliest years were spent in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended school with the children many of Hollywood's most famous stars. John was selected to be one of the child guests on Art Linkletter's "The Linkletter Show" (1952).
John began piano studies at age six. By age eight, he had moved to La Cañada-Flintridge, California and was singing with a professional boys choir. His first job as a professional musician was as a drummer at age ten. In junior high school, he appeared on shows hosted by Steve Allen and Dick Clark. With studies at San Diego State and UCLA behind him, his musical career was interrupted by combat service in the United States Marine Corps, where he was decorated for heroism, bravery, valor and gallantry.
John quickly returned to Hollywood to pursue his dream. In his twenties, he had already worked with Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Phyllis Diller (as her conductor and straight man) and many more stars as their music director and arranger. John began studying with composer mentors Earle Hagen, Dominic Frontiere and George Duning, while ghostwriting and orchestrating for many other major film and television composers and conducting for variety television shows. He also contributed original music to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Enchanted Village.
His first feature film was Zero to Sixty (1978) with Darren McGavin and Joan Collins, and he continued scoring films (The Funhouse (1981), Terror in the Aisles (1984)) and many hit television series, beginning with "Happy Days" (1974), "Laverne & Shirley" (1976), "Eight Is Enough" (1977), "Vega$" (1978), "Chicago Story" (1982) and "Goodtime Girls" (1980).
Beal contributed to the marketing campaigns of more than two thousand films and five hundred major Hollywood hits that generated box office receipts measuring in literally hundreds of billions of dollars, with titles ranging from Aladdin (1992), Ghost (1990), Black Rain (1989), and Forrest Gump (1994) to The Matrix (1999), The Last Samurai (2003), Star Wars (1977), Titanic (1997) and True Lies (1994).
|Helene Nielsen Beal||(12 December 2002 - present)|
|Karen Laidlaw||(23 October 1993 - 16 March 1998) (her death)|
|Donna Fein||(May 1972 - 1977) (divorced)|
He is also known as one of the busiest trailer music composers in Hollywood with over 2,000 trailers and television campaigns for major films. He received the 1998 Gold Score Award for best compilation album from SCORELOGUE, and the International Film Music Critics Jury awarded him second place to Jerry Goldsmith's "The Omen" compilation. Reader's Choice chose "Heart of the Ocean", on which John performed, as best of the year 1998 and his "Coming Soon" album as #2. In early 1999 he released "Watch The Skies" "The Snow Files" and "The Funhouse" showcasing his own compositions as well as those of Mark Snow, Danny Elfman, and Alan Silvestri.
Became General Manager of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra in 2006.
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