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date: 25 May 2020

Walker, Shirleylocked

  • Jeannie Gayle Pool

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(b Napa, CA, 10 April 1945; d Reno, NV, 30 Nov 2006). American film and television composer, orchestrator, arranger, pianist, and conductor. She began composing at an early age and appeared as a pianist with the San Francisco and Oakland symphonies. Walker attended San Francisco State University, studying with Roger Nixon (composition) and Harold Logan (piano).

After a decade of writing jingles and music for industrial films, she began her career in film in 1979 playing synthesizer on Carmine Coppola’s score for Apocalypse Now and writing additional music for The Black Stallion. After writing music for two ‘Lou Grant’ television episodes, she began orchestrating feature films, often conducting the scoring sessions, including scores for Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and others.

Walker earned her first Hollywood composition credit for John Carpenter’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), followed by numerous other films, television shows, and documentaries, particularly in Action-Adventure and Animation. Serving as supervisory composer for several television series, she also composed themes for ‘The New Batman Adventures’, ‘Growing Pains’, and ‘Superman: The Last Son of Krypton’ (...

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