The contributions of Fox Music over the last seventy years transcend the field of film and television music. Introduced by this department are such monuments of modern culture as "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," the score from "Laura" and the "Theme from M*A*S*H."
The history of the department is inextricably linked to the family history of its creator, Alfred Newman, and his legacy.
Alfred, the first head of Fox Music, arrived in Hollywood in 1930. Continuing with the next generation of Newmans, the Newman family has been nominated for more than 70 Academy Awards. Patriarch Alfred pioneered the art form of motion picture music, and his nine Oscars are still the record number awarded to an individual.
Alfred was the music director at Fox for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has composed or conducted the scores for more than 200 films. Youngest brother Lionel's tenure at the studio was a staggering 46 years--during which time he conducted some of Fox's classic scores, served as music director, gave composer John Williams his start in the business, won an Oscar for his work on "Hello Dolly" and undoubtedly kept Marilyn Monroe, who refused to work with any other conductor, amused with a constant stream of bawdy jokes.
Two of Alfred's children, David and Thomas, have also continued the family tradition of film composition and have both been nominated for Oscars; daughter Maria is a critically acclaimed classical composer who also plays violin, viola, and piano.
"The Newman family represents excellence and tradition in film scoring," explains current President of Fox Music Robert Kraft (only the fifth head of department in the history of the company). "Not only were they the first family of Fox Music, but Alfred Newman is often unofficially credited with inventing modern film scoring."
To celebrate the Newman Legacy and their past, present, and (no doubt) future contributions to film music, Twentieth Century Fox dedicated its scoring stage to the Newmans in 1997 which is dubbed The Newman Scoring Stage.