Richard Gibbs

For other people named Richard Gibbs, see Richard Gibbs (disambiguation).

Richard “Ribbs” Gibbs (born in 1955 in Bay Village, Ohio) is an American film composer and music producer whose credits include the films Dr. Dolittle,[1] Big Momma's House,[2] Queen of the Damned[3] and the television series Battlestar Galactica[4] and The Simpsons (season 1).[5]

Musical career

Gibbs was the keyboard player for the new wave band Oingo Boingo from 1980 to 1984. He was also a session player, performing on over 150 albums for artists as diverse as War, Tom Waits, Boy Meets Girl, Living in a Box, Robert Palmer, and Aretha Franklin. His professional relationship with Mr. Palmer began after he wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter of complaint about loud music emanating from Palmer's Bahamian condo, which was immediately next door to the one Gibbs was staying in while working on another project at Compass Point studios.

Gibbs started with Michael Jochum the band Zuma II, which had an eponymously titled record released by Pasha/CBS Records. He has appeared live with Korn, The Staples, Chaka Khan, and Oingo Boingo.

Like his former bandmate Danny Elfman, Gibbs has embarked on a life of scoring movies and television shows. He has written the scores for over sixty films that have collectively grossed well over $1 billion in box office receipts worldwide (Dr. Dolittle, Step Into Liquid, Say Anything... and Queen of the Damned, among others) and acted as musical director and composer for various television shows, including Muppets Tonight!, The Simpsons, and Battlestar Galactica. He has worked extensively with actress-comedian Tracey Ullman, on her various projects.

His critically well-received collaboration with Jonathan Davis (lead singer of Korn) on the songs and score for Queen of the Damned led to a gold record.

Gibbs produced the second full-length record for the Warner Bros. Records band Eisley, "Combinations." Pre-production took place in Tyler, TX, home of the band, and tracking took place in Malibu in his studio The Woodshed in mid-September 2006. The record was released on August 14, 2007. He also found the time to serve as music director and arranger for Korn's appearance on MTV Unplugged, broadcast in February 2007. He produced the record of that event, which arrived in February as well.

His most recent projects include scoring the multiple award winning drama Face to Face for Battlestar Galactica and Queen of the Damned director Michael Rymer. He produced former Mr. Mister (Broken Wings) Richard Page's solo disc "Peculiar Life" and is currently producing a collection of songs by an adventurous new band, Purple Mountains Majesties.

He consistently works with directors Betty Thomas (Dr. Dolittle, 28 Days, I Spy), John Schultz (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Like Mike, The Honeymooners), the aforementioned Michael Rymer, and has worked with actress/comedian/writer/producer Tracey Ullman on all of her projects since her arrival in Los Angeles.

Gibbs' songwriting and theme credits include "Until the Stars Fall" (co-written and produced with Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 for the movie Fired Up!), the theme to the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series, the Muppets Tonight! theme, and the aforementioned Queen of the Damned songs, co-written and produced with Jonathan Davis and sung by Mr. Davis for the film, then reperformed for the CD release by Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Marilyn Manson, David Draiman (Disturbed), Jay Gordon (Orgy), and Wayne Static (Static-X).

His state of the art ocean view Malibu studio, Woodshed Recording, has hosted artists and producers such as Barbra Streisand, U2, Sting, Pink, Lenny Kravitz, Max Martin, Foster the People, Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth, Walter Afanasieff, and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds.

Personal life

Gibbs earned an Associate of Arts degree from Daytona Beach Community College while still enrolled as a senior in high school. He went on to matriculate with bachelor's degree in classical composition from Boston's Berklee College of Music before moving to California. He and his wife Linda have three children, photographer/filmmaker Keegan Gibbs, mathematician Riley Gibbs, and jewelry designer Katelin Gibbs.


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Robert Greenwald TriStar Pictures N/A
1989 Say Anything... Cameron Crowe 20th Century Fox N/A
1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm Stan Winston Vestron Pictures N/A
1991 Wedlock Lewis Teague HBO Films Television film
Bingo Matthew Robbins TriStar Pictures N/A
1992 Once Upon a Crime Eugene Levy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Ladybugs Sidney J. Furie Paramount Pictures N/A
Passed Away Charlie Peters Hollywood Pictures N/A
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Allan Moyle Touchstone Pictures N/A
1993 Amos & Andrew E. Max Frye Castle Rock Entertainment N/A
Son in Law Steve Rash Hollywood Pictures N/A
Fatal Instinct Carl Reiner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
1994 The Chase Adam Rifkin 20th Century Fox N/A
Clifford Paul Flaherty Orion Pictures N/A
1995 Dangerous Indiscretion Richard Kletter Chanticleer Films Direct-to-video film
1996 First Kid David Mickey Evans Walt Disney Pictures N/A
1997 That Darn Cat Bob Spiers Walt Disney Pictures N/A
1998 Music from Another Room Charlie Peters Orion Pictures N/A
Dirty Work Bob Saget Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Dr. Dolittle Betty Thomas 20th Century Fox N/A
1999 The Book of Stars Michael Miner Showcase Entertainment Direct-to-video film
10 Things I Hate About You Gil Junger Touchstone Pictures N/A
2000 Big Momma's House Raja Gosnell 20th Century Fox N/A
2002 Queen of the Damned Michael Rymer Warner Bros. N/A
Like Mike John Schultz 20th Century Fox N/A
I Spy Betty Thomas Columbia Pictures N/A
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Jim Kammerud
Brian Smith
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town John Schultz Echo Bridge N/A
Love Don't Cost a Thing Troy Beyer Warner Bros.
2004 My Baby's Daddy Cheryl Dunye Miramax N/A
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kevin Rodney Sullivan Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Johnson Family Vacation Christopher Erskin Fox Searchlight Pictures N/A
Fat Albert Joel Zwick 20th Century Fox N/A
2005 The Honeymooners John Schultz Paramount Pictures N/A
2006 Valley of the Heart's Delight Tim Boxell Indican Pictures N/A
John Tucker Must Die Betty Thomas 20th Century Fox N/A
2007 Cleaner Renny Harlin Millennium Films Direct-to-video film
2009 Fired Up! Will Gluck Screen Gems N/A
2010 Christmas Cupid Gil Junger ABC Family Television film
2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer John Schultz Relativity Media N/A
Teen Spirit Gil Junger ABC Family Television film
Face to Face Michael Rymer Umbrella Entertainment N/A
2012 Let It Shine Paul Hoen Disney Channel Television film
2016 Adventures in Babysitting John Schultz Disney Channel Television film
Coco RZA Lionsgate Films N/A

See also


  1. Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2000). Screen World 1999. Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-55783-410-2. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  2. Mitchell, Elvis (2001). The New York Times Film Reviews 1999-2000. Taylor & Francis. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-415-93696-5.
  3. Brode, Douglas; Deyneka, Leah (2013). Dracula's Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film. Scarecrow Press. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-8108-9296-5. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. Potter, Tiffany; Marshall, C. W. (2007). Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-4411-5706-5. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. Clark, Rich (2010). Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros: Insights on Recording Audio for Music, Film, TV, and Games (2nd ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-59863-915-5.
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