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Joseph Harnell (1924–2005)

Composer/songwriter who wrote the United Artists logo music for film/TV. Educated at the University of Miami and Trinity College, he studied with Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud, Ernst Toch, and Leonard Bernstein, played piano in dance bands, and was music director for Harry Richman, Jane Froman, Peggy Lee, Carol Lawrence, Robert Goulet, and Marlene... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1996 Biography (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1994 L'Hidato Shel Adolf Eichmann (Documentary)
 1989 Alien Nation (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Alien Nation (1989)
 1988 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Family Secret (1988) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Don't Look Back: Part 2 (1988) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Don't Look Back: Part 1 (1988) ... (as Joe Harnell)
 1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Liberators (1987)
 1984-1986 Santa Barbara (TV Series) (31 episodes)
- Episode #1.489 (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Episode #1.454 (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Episode #1.376 (1986)
- Episode #1.209 (1985)
- Episode #1.208 (1985)
 1985-1986 Shadow Chasers (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Curse of the Full Moon (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Cora's Stranger (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Let's Make a Deal (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- How Green Was My Murder (1986) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Phantom of the Galleria (1985) ... (as Joe Harnell)
 1984 Hot Pursuit (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Steel Trap (1984) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Pilot (1984)
 1984 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Victimless Crime (1984)
 1983 V (TV Movie) (as Joe Harnell)
 1982 Scared Silly (TV Movie)
 1977-1982 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) (73 episodes)
- Slaves (1982)
- A Minor Problem (1982)
- Triangle (1981)
- Sanctuary (1981)
- Veteran (1981)
 1981 The Seal (TV Movie)
 1981 Senior Trip (TV Movie)
 1980/I Alone at Last (TV Movie)
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie) (as Joe Harnell)
 1979 Stop Susan Williams (TV Series)
 1979 The Curse of Dracula (TV Series)
 1976-1978 The Bionic Woman (TV Series) (30 episodes)
- Long Live the King (1978) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- The Martians Are Coming, the Martians Are Coming (1978) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Over the Hill Spy (1977) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Fembots in Las Vegas: Part 2 (1977) ... (as Joe Harnell)
- Fembots in Las Vegas (1977) ... (as Joe Harnell)
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In 2004 he completed a large-scale reworking of his award-nominated music from 'V' with British composer/orchestrator Leigh Phillips. The music was transformed into a lavish three-movement suite for chorus & orchestra that contained existing and specially written material. Following this project the two musicians began ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Joe Harnell and The Band | Joe Harnell

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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the pianist, conductor and composer worked with Peggy Lee in concerts and on several of her albums. Harnell conducted the orchestra on Lee's albums "Anything Goes: Cole Porter" and "Peggy Lee and the George Shearing Quintet," and played piano on another of her albums, "Things Are Swingin.'" He also worked with singers like Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Pearl ... See more »

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