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Frank Gari (born Frank Daniel Garofalo[1] in New York City on April 1, 1942) is a popular singer and songwriter from the late 1950s and early 1960s. His best known songs where he was a performer are Princess, Utopia and Lullaby Of Love, all of which hit the U.S. Top 40. He co-wrote with Roger McGuinn the song Beach Ball for Bobby Darin. Gari and McGuinn appeared on the 1963 record billed as the City Surfers. That year, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, becoming a jingle writer for TV commercials. Some of his early jingles included Ohio Bell, Genie garage doors, and the first Wendy's commercials as well as the early music in Leo Burnett's "Fly The Friendly Skies of United" campaign for United Airlines.

Gari is best known today as a jingle writer for television and radio stations. Gari is also one of the most sought after composers of music for television newscasts in America. His first television theme and image campaign was the popular Catch 5, originally written for WEWS-TV in Cleveland in 1970. He also continued composing jingles, such as "Be All You Can Be" for the U.S. Army, "Be A Pepper" for Dr Pepper, and four slogans for the ABC television network during the early and mid-1980s.

Gari also has international acclaim; Sky News used The Great News Package as their main theme from 1989 (when they launched their four-channel Astra lineup) until September 1993, and continued to use it (for main news bulletins on Sky News only) alongside the 'Sky Symphony' until 1995 . In 1993 he composed the 'Sky Symphony' theme for BSkyB in Europe, and the 1997 'It's On Sky' (AKA 'No Turning Back') image piece. The Sky signature from the 1990s was not only found in the news theme, but also spread to all the Sky channels, including Sky One, Sky Movies, and the defunct Sky Soap and Sky Movies Gold. The signature was combined with Great News for Sky News' 90s look. He also composed the early 1990s theme for RTL in Germany called "News Line", which was later adopted by Maryland Public Television in the US.


Television news music packages written by Frank GariEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.teenageheaven.org/artists/fgari.html

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