Iyengar Yoga Class
April 3rd, 2012
—That'll Be The Day (for Bob Thiele)
BOB THIELE, JR.
by Chris Morris
Bob Thiele is music supervisor for FX Network’s hit drama “Sons of Anarchy.” In addition to recording and sourcing the music, Thiele has composed original instrumental tracks for the series over the course of its four seasons. He received a 2009 Primetime Emmy nomination for “This Life,” the main theme.
Thiele is also musical director of the “Sons of Anarchy” house band, the Forest Rangers. The group is heard on three Columbia Records albums featuring the show’s music. More than 1.5 million Forest Rangers tracks have been downloaded on iTunes. The Rangers backed the series’ star Katey Sagal on her Thiele-produced 2013 album “Covered”; the collection included Sagal’s duet with Jackson Browne on Steve Earle’s “Goodbye.” The band’s live appearances included sets at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.
In 2008, Thiele composed and produced a score of jazz music for the HBO feature film “Bernard and Doris,” and received an Emmy nomination for best original music score. He has made major musical contributions to such shows as “The Office” (performing and producing the opening title theme), “The O.C.,” “Boondocks,” “The West Wing,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Boston Public.” Thiele also garnered an Emmy nomination for his song “Just The Way I Am” (Skye Sweetnam) for Disney’s “The Buzz on Maggie” in 2006.
Thiele’s work as a songwriter has appeared on Grammy-winning albums by Bonnie Raitt and Pop Staples and multi-platinum releases by Aaron Neville, Bette Midler, and France’s MC Solaar. He has penned top-40 hits by Paul Young, Jennifer Love Hewitt, BB Mak, and The Dells. His compositions have been recorded by a diverse range of popular artists, from Ray Charles and Mavis Staples to Cher and Alison Krauss.
He is the son of Bob Thiele, the legendary record producer who helped discover musical pioneers like Buddy Holly and Jackie Wilson. His father worked with entertainment giants like Steve Allen and Louis Armstrong (co-writing “What a Wonderful World”), and helmed Impulse Records, the famed jazz record label that released classic albums by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and many others. The younger Thiele witnessed many historic recording sessions, and began playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager.