W. G. Snuffy Walden
|Birth name||William Garrett Walden|
|Also known as||Snuffy Walden, W. G. Walden|
|Born||February 13, 1950|
|Associated acts|| Stray Dog |
The Eric Burdon Band
William Garrett Walden, known as W. G. Snuffy Walden (born February 13, 1950), is an American musician and composer of film and television soundtracks. Walden is an Emmy Award winner for the theme music to The West Wing (NBC),has been nominated for numerous Emmys throughout his career, and has received 26 BMI Awards.
Walden was born in Louisiana on February 13, 1950, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1967. In college he studied science and math, and he put himself through school working on a late-night radio show at KRBE in Houston and playing guitar in a strip club.
Walden's middle name was his mother's maiden name, and this was the origin of his nickname. Members of his mother's family had sometimes been called Snuffy after the Southern snuff manufacturer Levi Garrett. His family and schoolmates addressed him as Garrett, but Snuffy began to stick when he was away at summer camp and the name was preferred by fellow musicians as his career began.
In the late 1960s, Walden dropped out of school, quit his job, and devoted his energies to the guitar full-time, picking up a bass player (Al Roberts) and drummer (Randy Reeder) to form a three-piece band named Aphrodite. They started touring and wound up in Denver, playing local clubs and opening for acts like Buddy Miles. It was in Denver that Emerson, Lake & Palmer's manager, Neville Chesters, saw them in a club and offered them a recording contract with ELP's label, Manticore. In 1972, the group moved to England and was reformed, keeping Al Roberts and changing the name to Stray Dog. There, they were signed to Manticore and Greg Lake produced three songs from their first album Stray Dog. The new group toured with ELP as the opening act, but never really took flight, and eventually folded. Following the breakup of the band, Walden supplanted the ailing Paul Kossoff by providing guitar tracks for Free's final album Heartbreaker, which was released in 1973 (Walden plays on 'Common Mortal Man', 'Easy on My Soul' and 'Seven Angels'). He also played electric guitar in 1973, on the debut solo album Still by King Crimson lyricist, Peter Sinfield. In 1975, he joined The Eric Burdon Band and performed with them for a year.
In 1975, Walden moved to Los Angeles and spent the rest of the decade performing as a solo artist and supporting artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, and Eric Burdon. Notably, in 1975-6 he again filled in for Paul Kossoff as a session musician on Back Street Crawler's Second Street album. By the mid-1980s, television agents and producers became aware of Walden through his local performances in Santa Monica. When approached to score a new television show, Walden had mixed feelings but accepted the offer. "I could see the handwriting on the wall for touring," he would later remember, "and it wasn't pretty. I kept envisioning Holiday Inn at age 60." The television show he was hired for was thirtysomething , which turned out to be a major hit television series and dramatically altered Walden's music career.
Following his success as a touring and session musician and an Emmy nomination for the "Theme from Thirtysomething",Walden scored numerous television series, including Roseanne , Ellen , My So-Called Life , Felicity , Early Edition , Sports Night , The West Wing , George Lopez , I'll Fly Away , The Stand , Huff , Once and Again , Friday Night Lights and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip .
In the summer of 2001, Walden released a solo album of mainly acoustic guitar pieces titled Music by... W. G. Snuffy Walden. The album included expanded or full versions of many of Walden's themes, such as "Once and Again", "Eugene's Ragtop", "Thirtysomething (Revisited)", and "West Wing Suite".
In July 2002, Tom Guerra conducted a comprehensive interview of Walden for Vintage Guitar Magazine.In April 2008, Stephen J. Abramson interviewed Walden for a four-hour, multi-part video series for the Television Academy.
In March 2018, Up to Snuff , a documentary film about Walden's career,won the documentary competition in its premier at the Pasadena International Film Festival.
In September 2018, Walden starred in a 1950s style cover of Africa by Toto along with the musical collective Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube.
|Year||Title||Type||Role / notes||Source|
|1979||Laverne & Shirley: The Fourth Annual Shotz Talent Show||Episode||guitarist|
|1987||thirtysomething||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|1988–1993||The Wonder Years||TV series||music by, theme composer|
|1989||Roe vs. Wade||TV movie||composer (score)|
|1990||The Outsiders||TV series|
|1990||Working Girl||TV series|
|1990||Burning Bridges||Film||composer (score)|
|1990||Guess Who's Coming for Christmas?||Film|
|1991||The Chase||Film||composer (score)|
|1991||Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance||Film||composer (score)|
|1992||Leaving Normal||Film||composer (score)|
|1991–1992||I'll Fly Away||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|1992||Wild Card||Film||composer (score)|
|1992||The Jackie Thomas Show||TV series|
|1992||The Good Fight||Film||composer (score)|
|1993||A Place to Be Loved||Film|
|1993||I'll Fly Away||TV series|
|1993–1997||Roseanne||TV series||music by, theme composer|
|1994||Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story||Film||music by|
|1994||The Stand||miniseries||Emmy nomination|
|1994||Sweet Justice||TV series|
|1994–1998||Ellen||TV series||musical score|
|1994–1995||My So-Called Life||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|1995||The Monroes||TV series|
|1996||A Friend's Betrayal||Film|
|1996–1998||Early Edition||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|1997||413 Hope St.||TV series|
|1998||Maggie Winters||TV series||composer (score)|
|1998–1999||Cupid||TV series||composer (score)|
|1998–2000||Sports Night||TV series||composer (score)|
|1998–2002||Felicity||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|1998–2003||The Drew Carey Show||TV series||music by|
|1999||Norm||TV series||composer (score)|
|1999–2001||It's Like, You Know...||TV series||composer (score)|
|1999–2001||Providence||TV series||composer (score)|
|1999–2002||Once and Again||TV series||composer (score)|
|2000||The $treet||TV series||composer (score)|
|2001||Rock & Roll Back to School Special||Film|
|2001||Three Sisters||TV series||composer (score)|
|2002||George Lopez||TV series||music composer|
|2002||Hidden Hills||TV series|
|2003||Mister Sterling||TV series|
|2003||The Brotherhood of Poland||TV series|
|2003||The Lyon's Den||TV series|
|2003||Miracles||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|2005, 2008||Quarterlife||Film||music composer|
|2005–2007||The War at Home||TV series||composer (score)|
|2005||Surface||TV series||composer (score)|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||TV series||composer (score)|
|1999–2006||The West Wing||TV series||Emmy award|
|2006||Huff||TV series||Emmy nomination|
|2006–2007||Kidnapped||TV series||composer (score)|
|2007||Heartland||TV series||composer (score)|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||TV series||composer (score)|
|2008–2009||Lipstick Jungle||TV series||composer (score)|
|2008||In Plain Sight||TV series||composer (score)|
|2009||A Marriage||Film||composer (score)|
|2009||The Beast||TV series||composer (score)|
|2009||Hawthorne||TV series||composer (score)|
|2009–2010||Men of a Certain Age||TV series||composer (score)|
|2010||Huge||TV series||composer (score)|
|2011||In the Key of Eli||Film||composer (score)|
|2011||Serving Live||Film||composer (score)|
|2011||Friday Night Lights||TV series||composer (score)|
|2011||A Gifted Man||TV series||composer (score)|
|2012||Stetson, Street Dog of Park City||Film||composer (score)|
|2013–2015||Under the Dome||TV series||music by|
|2012–2013||Nashville||TV series||music by|
|2014||Guilt By Association||Film||composer (score)|
|2017||Seal Team||TV series||music by|
|2018||Up To Snuff||Film||music by|
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