from Sons Of Anarchy. Season 4. Episode 401.
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.
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.
In 1978, I had a band with the less-than-inspired name, The Bob Thiele Band. We played around New York City, notably TRAX and JP’s. Back then, recording studio time wasn’t easy to come by when you had no money. I was lucky. The nice people at Chappell Music who had a studio on the 31st floor at 810 7th Ave. would turn a blind eye and let me come in and record with my band.
One day we were cutting a weak-kneed, pop-reggae-calypso song I’d written called Cafe Martinique. I had the idea of filling the bridge section with a party track which required a bunch of us to stand around a microphone and carry on like we’re partying at said cafe.
Later that night, this trifle from my musical past would find its place as a historical footnote in soul music history because the Godfather Of Soul himself, James Brown, came into the Chappell studio to record The Spank. When James decided he wanted a party track to begin the record, Julian McBrowne, the house engineer, offered him my party track. (Thanks Julie, baby…)
So, yeah. Really. I was sampled by James Brown.