19 July 1911
Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, London, England, United Kingdom
6 October 1982 (aged 71)
Philip Green (July 19, 1911 - October 6, 1982), born Harry Philip Green, was a movie and television composer whose work ran the range of horror to comedy. He composed for many production music libraries including Capitol Hi Q, Chappell, Francis Day & Hunter, and Paxton. He formed the EMI Photoplay Q Music, where he became the sole contributor. Much of his Capitol music was used in early Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
He started to learn the piano at the age of seven and began his professional career playing in various orchestras at the age of eighteen. Green's first credited work was on 1943's The Sky's the Limit, and continued to compose and conduct for movies and television until his retirement in 1966. Perhaps Green's most famous work was providing stock music for Night of the Living Dead, along with Emil Cadkin, Ib Glindemann, Geordie Hormel, William Loose, Jack Meakin, and Spencer Moore. His stock music was also used a few times in Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, such as in 1958 when the musicians were on strike, or later added as part of TV prints for Freudy Cat. Philip, along with his wife, Dorothy, established the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust to help young musicians and composers.
He died in 1982 of cerebral metastasis. After his death, his stock music could again be heard in The Ren and Stimpy Show, as well as on The World's Greatest Magic.
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