Ralph Carmichael, a famous musician, and programmer of movie and television soundtracks. Furthermore, his accomplishments included I Love Lucy, Bonanza, My Mother the Car, the sci-fi masterpiece The Blob. Including some of the most common and certainly accepted Christmas songs ever produced. Died Monday in Camarillo, California. He was 94 years old.
Jim Pedersen, a personal representative, reported his demise. However, there was no mention of a reason for death. Carmichael, a visionary figure in emerging Christian music. Started a long professional life in tv and movies in the early 1950s. Once he started heading the music department at his former university. Southern California Bible University. As well as his student group was the star on the regional L.a. TV show Campus Christian Hour, which further on received an Emmy award.
Beginning in the 1950s, Ralph Carmichael worked as a movie and television musician. With his most remembered soundtrack first from period becoming 1958’s The Blob, featuring Steve McQueen. The music would become certainly a category favorite including its scary, jazzy flair. And a piece of humorous theme music supplied by two then-unknown composers called Burt Bacharach and Mack David. “Beware of The Blob,” started singing the song’s boppy lyrics,” It creeps and glides… Be careful of the Blob!”
Ralph Carmichael Contributions to Christian Music
Ralph Carmichael’s best-known contributions to American mainstream entertainment are certainly much less raunchy. His contribution as composer and conductor on Nat King Cole’s 1960 CD. The Magic of Christmas has now become a festive classic. In 1962, the record was reissue to contain Cole’s performance of “The Christmas Song”. Including its famous opening sentence “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. As well as arranging by Carmichael that is widely consider canonical.
Carmichael’s long-running relationship with Cole resulted in nine major studio productions. Along with the famous singer’s last recordings in 1964 again for record L-O-V-E. Which was produce only weeks before Cole’s demise on February 15, 1965. Carmichael’s works alongside Cole outweigh that of any other individual composer.
Ralph Carmichael is considered the “Father of Contemporary Christian Music”. Created his personal recording and production businesses in 1968 to support Christian performers. Including Andrae Crouch, the Continental Voices, Cliff Richard, as well as Carmichael’s studios’ band The Young People. Additionally, he was chairman of the Gospel Music Society for numerous years. And created a video soundtrack for the Billy Graham ministry for several more. He’s Everything to Me, Carmichael’s autobiography, was out in 1986.
His family includes his wife, Marvella, and their three kids. Andrea, Greg, and Erin. Along with grandkids, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Carol Carmichael Parks, his child, predeceased him. There will be a memorial service.