Remembering composer Neil Argo
August 2, 2018
Film and TV composer Neil Argo has died
The Hollywood Reporter has related that composer Neil Argo has died in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“His résumé included DYNASTY, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and MELROSE PLACE as well as the PBS documentary program WILD AMERICA,” wrote Mike Barnes in Thursday’s Hollywood Reporter. “Argo also did music for MELROSE PLACE, THE COLBYS, HOTEL, BURKE’S LAW and HEARTS ARE WILD — like DYNASTY and 90210, shows from Aaron Spelling’s production company — as well as for a new version of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and MACGYVER.
Barnes’ quotes WILD AMERICA’s producer Marty Stouffer, who said in a statement: “Neil had the ability to cut to the core of a scene in a surprising and touching way. And he could express universal emotions that we really hadn’t picked up on as yet.” Argo was the main composer on WILD AMERICA, with additional composers brought in to help. Kronos Records issued a soundtrack of Argo’s music (and others) from the series in 2016. Other scores of Argo’s that were preserved on CD include the 1997 TV documentary, SKELETON COAST SAFARI and the 2008 crime thriller, P.J.
Argo’s only score within the fantasy genre was for the 2012 family film, THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH, starring Robert Picardo, John Heard, and Theresa Russell. It’s the story of a young boy whose parents are going through a bitter divorce, who is given hope and courage through the powerful stories embellished by his grandfather (Picardo). Those stories are presented in imaginative fantasy sequences, enlivened by Argo’s enchanting music.
Argo succumbed on Thursday from a heart attack. He was 71 years of age.