An Apple Commercial (1998) which ridicules IBM's Pentium processor by showing a slow-moving
snail, illustrated by Shield's "In My Canoe".
CHICAGORoy Shield, director of music for the NBC Central Division,
buys batons by the dozen from a wand maker on the Pacific Coast.
Shield probably has greater baton breakage than any other man
in the business. But it isnt temperament that causes this high
baton mortalityhe just cant get over the habit of slapping a
baton in a desk drawer, and then slamming the drawer shut with
a few inches of baton hanging over the edge.
[NBC publicity, October 17, 1938]
Below an obituary printed in Variety, January 24, 1962. It's
interesting that his work at Hal Roach Studios is not mentioned.
Roy Shield, 68, composer-conductor who had served with NBC in
many capacities, died Jan. 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He first
was a conductor with NBC in Hollywood and later was conductor
and manager of the music division of NBC's central division in
Shield, who retired in 1955, also was manager of NBC orchestra
personnel in New York. In addition, he conducted the NBC Concert
Orchestra and the NBC Summer Symphony. His full name was Leroy
B. Shield, but worked professionally as Roy Shield.
You may have seen a delightful a cappella quartet called the Blanks making recurring appearances on the TV comedy "Scrubs".
They have a CD called "Riding the Wave" on which they perform
a wonderful a cappella version of Leroy Shield's "Good Old Days".
Their TV and movie themes are unique, entertaining and very well
Visit the Blanks website where you will find lots of great clips of their Scrubs appearances.
Until recently, precious few people in Waseca, Minnesota were aware
of the link between their little town (pop. 9,737) and Hollywood.
For many of us, the identity of the Hal Roach Studio composer
has long been a mystery, but to Waseca residents, the fact that
Leroy Shield was born there was a big surprise.
Urged by former Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny, Jack and Mary
Williams of Waseca researched the life and work of this small
town's new favorite son. The result was the October 1213, 2007
celebration: "Leroy Shield A Hometown Tribute." The event featured
a two-hour program including the life of Leroy Shield presented
by Tracy Tolzmann, President of the Minnesota Laurel & Hardy Fan
Club, a concert of Shield music by the Steam Heat Band, and a
screening of three short films containing Shield scores.
Congratulations and continued success to Waseca in honoring this
previously uncredited genius. Steve Cloutier
[See article: Minnesota's Leroy Shield Connection]
The Lucky Corner is website by Robert Demoss. The site is an incredibly detailed
guide devoted exclusively to cast & crew listings as well as various
other technical details of every Our Gang film. The music listings
for each film are the best we've seen.
"Beany" Walker, 53,
Died in Shield's Home
H.M. ("Beanie") Walker, one-time sports editor of the Los Angeles
Examiner and famous as title writer for the Hal Roach Studios,
died on June 23, 1937. He became ill and died suddenly of a heart
attack at the home of his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shield, 5555 Sheridan Road, Chicago.
Born in Logan City, Ohio, in 1884, Beanie started out as a telegrapher,
making a specialty of big fghts where he sat at the elbow of the
sports writers and tapped out their vivid, blow-by-blow stories.
About 1903 he got a job as sports writer at The Examiner.
In 1917 "Beanie" started writing for motion pictures, doing stories
and titles for Harold Lloyd. In 1920 he left newspaper work altogether
to do similar work for Hal Roach comedies. He lived at 10348 Dunleer
Drive, Los Angeles.
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