‘Battlestar Galactica’ Star Richard Hatch & Composer Stu Phillips

Richard Hatch is an internationally known actor, director, writer, teacher and motivational speaker who has sustained recognition in such series as All My Children, The Streets of San Francisco (for which he won Germany’s Bravo Award, equivalent to an Emmy Award), and his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination).

Richard’s accomplishments as an author include seven original Battlestar Galactica novels. He also edited and contributed to So Say We All an unauthorized compendium of thoughts and opinions on Battlestar Galactica.

Stu Phillips is an American composer of film scores and television-series theme music, conductor and record producer. He is perhaps best known for composing the themes to the 1980s television series Knight Rider and Battlestar Galactica.

Phillips studied music at The High School of Music & Art in New York City, New York, and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman, he began arranging music for the Rochester Civic Orchestra.

In 1958, Phillips began composing television and film scores. One of his first scores was for Columbia’s 1964 movie, Ride the Wild Surf. He also founded Colpix Records and produced hits for Nina Simone, The Skyliners and Shelley Fabares, (pronounced ‘fab bray’). Stu Phillips produced “Johnny Angel” for Shelly Fabares, who played the teen-age daughter on The Donna Reed Show. According to Joel Whitburn’s ‘Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits’ “Johnny Angel” was released March 17, 1962 and was a #1 hit from April 7 – 20, 1962 staying on the charts for 13 weeks. There was also a follow-up hit to “Johnny Angel” called “Johnny Loves Me” which also made the Top 40 (#21) in July of ’62.

In the mid-1960s, he worked for Capitol Records and created, produced and arranged for the Hollyridge Strings.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Phillips continued scoring films and television series including music for the films Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), The Seven Minutes (1971) and the television series The Monkees and Get Christie Love!.

In 1974, he began working at Universal Studios scoring television series; Glen Larson made extensive use of his compositions. During this time, he scored music for the television series The Six Million Dollar Man, McCloud, and Battlestar Galactica. His Battlestar Galactica theme was featured prominently in the film Airplane II: The Sequel (1980). He also composed music for the television series The Amazing Spider-Man (which was for Charles Fries/Dan Goodman/Danchuck Productions) during this time.

In the 1980s, Phillips left Universal and began working at 20th Century Fox, again being a favorite composer of Glen Larson, where he composed music for the television series The Fall Guy andAutoman.[2] Both programs were Larson productions.

Phillips went into semi-retirement in the 1990s. Since that time, he has appeared at fan conventions for Battlestar Galactica and has attended cult-film screenings for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

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