George S. Clinton

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George S. Clinton
Birth nameGeorge Stanley Clinton, Jr.
Born (1947-06-17) June 17, 1947 (age 75)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Origin Nashville
Genres Film scores
Occupation(s) Film composer, songwriter, session musician
Years active1980–present

George Stanley Clinton, Jr. (born June 17, 1947) is an American composer, songwriter, arranger, and session musician.



Clinton was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His musical career began in Nashville while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, Clinton moved to Los Angeles and became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, while arranging and performing session work. He later recorded four albums for MCA, Elektra Records, ABC, and Arista Records.

The George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving Clinton the opportunity to score his first film, Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin' , and later, Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers .

Clinton's most recognizable scores include Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (and its sequels); the martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation ; and Showtime's series Red Shoe Diaries . His awards include a 2002 Grammy nomination, a 2007 Emmy nomination, and eight BMI Film Music Awards. He was honored with the Richard Kirk Award at the 2007 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music. [1]

Clinton has also written several concert works and three musicals. He serves as an adviser at the Sundance Institute and used to be the Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston.



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  1. "George S. Clinton Receives Top BMI Film/TV Honor". Retrieved 2010-10-21.