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Stu Phillips (born September 9, 1929[1]) 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.[2]

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 Shelley Fabares, Nina Simone, and The Skyliners.

In the mid-1960s, he worked for Capitol Records and created, produced and arranged for the Hollyridge Strings.[2]

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.[2] 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 and Automan.[2] Both programs were Larson productions.

Later yearsEdit

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.[2]

In 2002, Phillips published his autobiography Stu Who?: Forty Years of Navigating the Minefields of the Music Business.

In 2006, he also participated in a documentary film featured on the special edition DVD re-release of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.[3]

Long a "serious" musician, Phillips has also orchestrated pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff for symphony orchestra.[2]

Phillips can be heard on discussing the history of The Hollyridge Strings's Christmas album, which it released in 2008.


Film musicEdit




Television musicEdit

Template:Multicol GL denotes a Glen Larson production, where known. Phillips was one of Larson's favorite composers.



Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Award

BMI Film & TV Awards

Further readingEdit

Phillips, Stu. 2002. Stu Who?: Forty Years of Navigating the Minefields of the Music Business. Studio City, California. Cisum Press. ISBN 978-0-9720363-3-7

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  1. Stu Phillips at the Notable Names Database (
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Stu Phillips official biography at
  3. The Beyond the Valley of the Dolls special-edition DVD features Look on up at the Bottom: The Music of the Dolls. USA: 20th Century Fox.

External linksEdit

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