Ray Colcord

Ray Colcord
Born Ray Colcord III
December 24, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 2016 (2016-02-06) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Composer
Years active 1974–2016
Spouse(s) Madeleine
Children Alex

Ray Colcord III (December 24, 1949 – February 5, 2016) was an American film and television composer,[1][2][3] known for TV series such as 227, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, My Two Dads, Dinosaurs, Big Brother, and Boy Meets World. He is a former governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, served on the board of directors of the Film Preservation Society and was a member of the National Film Preservation Board. He has received ASCAP, BMI, and Dramalogue awards.

Life and career

Prior to his film and television career, Colcord worked as a session musician and an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) representative for Columbia Records, was responsible for Aerosmith's signing, and co-produced their second album, Get Your Wings.[4] He was the first music director of the Los Angeles improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.

Colcord played keyboards on the Lou Reed live album Rock n Roll Animal (1974).[5] Ray also played keyboards on American Pie, the album by Don McLean.[6]


Colcord died on February 5, 2016 in Los Angeles at the age of 66. He had pancreatic cancer for four years.[7] He was survived by his wife Madeleine, to whom he was married since 1983,[8] and son Alex.[4]





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