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||Joe Renzetti; a native son of Philadelphia.
He arranged many of Philly's hit records including: The Intruder's "We'll
Be United" and "Together."
As part of the NYC record scene he arranged the hit "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb,
"98.6" by Keith,
"Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay and the Techniques, "Mandy" by Barry
He worked as an arranger on hundreds of albums and singles.
A partial list includes:
Spanky and Our Gang, Neil Diamond, Tony Orlando, Jerry Butler, Bunny
Wayne Newton, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Leon Redbone, Dee Dee
Warwick, Al Hurt, and Tiny Tim.
He did the arranging and musical directing for the Rock' n' Roll biopic,
"The Buddy Holly Story."
Renzetti taught the actors, portraying Holly and his band,
to sing and play their instruments live on camera - this was a movie
For "adapting" Buddy Holly's music to film, Joe won an Oscar for Best
Adaptation Score to "The Buddy Holly Story."
In Hollywood he went on to work with directors;
Jon Carpenter, Mel Brooks, Ron Howard, Anne Bancroft, Tom Holland, Gary
Sherman, Taylor Hackford.
Joe scored the films:
"The Buddy Holly Story" "Fatso." "Child's Play." "Poltergeist III" -
"Elvis." "Vice Squad" "Dead & Buried" "Wanted: Dead or Alive"
"Lisa" "Basket Case" II & III” "FrankenHooker"
"Universal Signs" A Philly film "Tom Holland's Twisted Tales" -
an episode of "Tales From The Crypt"
Joe Renzetti has studied acting, directing and writing in LA.
He composes in his state-of-the-art recording studio on the outskirts of
Web page: www.joerenzetti.net
Joe Renzetti - Film Composer - Arranger - Guitarist
Joe Renzetti was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joe
first became interested in music at age six after he heard a guitarist at a
wedding. Renzetti began his career in the early 60s as the in-house guitarist
at Cameo Records in Philadelphia; among the songs he played guitar on are
"Let's Twist Again," "The Mashed Potato," "The Bristol Stomp," "Tallahassee
Lassie," "The Limbo Rock," and "Palisades Park." Joe then moved to New York
and did the arrangements on such hit recordings as "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb,
"Ninety Eight Point Six" by Keith, "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay and
the Techniques, and "Mandy" by Barry Manilow. Moreover, Renzetti worked as an
arranger on either albums and/or singles for such artists as Tiny Tim, Neil
Diamond, Tony Orlando, Jerry Butler, Wayne Newton, and Sam the Sham and the
Pharaohs. Joe next went to Hollywood to try his luck as a film composer and
landed the plumb job of doing the music for the terrific rock'n'roll biopic
"The Buddy Holly Story." Renzetti taught the actors portraying Holly and his
band how to sing and play their instruments live, which was a first for a
movie. Joe deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Adaptation Score for his
outstanding contributions to "The Buddy Holly Story." Renzetti has
collaborated with director Gary Sherman on numerous occasions: "Dead & Buried"
(this is perhaps Joe's single most beautifully graceful and haunting film
score to date), "Vice Squad," "Mysterious Two," "Wanted: Dead or Alive,"
"Poltergeist III," "Lisa," "Murderous Vision," three episodes of the TV series
"Missing Persons," and "39: A Film by Carroll McKane." In addition, Joe has
worked with director Frank Henenlotter three times; he supplied the scores for
"Frankenhooker" and both "Basket Case" sequels. Renzetti did an especially
chilling and effective score for the hit killer doll horror winner "Child's
Play." Outside of his film work, Joe composes music for orchestras, chamber
groups, and solo artists. In his spare time Joe Renzetti composes his own
music in a state-of-the-art recording studio he created in an 18th century log
cabin that he owns in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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