Music Supervisor Greg Sill Dies at 63

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Sill started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and went on to coordinate music for 'Friends' and 'ER.'

Music supervisor Greg Sill — who, over a decades-long career, coordinated music for such television shows as Friends, Justified, Family Matters and ER — died Saturday. The Los Angeles-based Sill was 63.

Sill ran his own outfit, Music Makes Pictures, for the last two decades. He started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s, according to the Guild of Music Supervisors, with stints at America International Pictures, CBS Songs, Warner Bros. Television and Lorimar Television to follow.

Among the other shows Sill worked on were Falcon Crest, Boomtown, Full House and Knots Landing.

Sill, who worked on more than 80 movies and series, was the son of Lester Sill, who was Phil Spector’s partner in Philles Records, as well as head of Colgems Records.

“We all remember Greg for his larger-than life personality, his generosity of spirit and his deep love of music and the people who made it,” said Seth Kaplan, a partner in Evolution Music Partners, which represents composers and music supervisors, including Sill. “He was a pioneer in the field of modern music supervision, and his ideas and innovations will be a continuing legacy. We are all very sad today. We lost an original. He will be missed by our community, but remembered well.”

“He had a gift for selecting songs, singers and musical sounds that really brought scenes to life. He was a kind, gentle person who was always a pleasure to work with,” said S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, whose artists, Joss Stone and Fountains of Wayne, appeared on the TV series American Dreams, which ran from 2002-2005. “On American Dreams, where contemporary artists were portraying iconic '60s performers, he always encouraged the artist to bring their own sensibility to their performance and not simply try to mimic the artist they were portraying.”

Sill’s brother Lonnie, also a music supervisor,  announced his death on Facebook. The family asked that donations be made to MAP, MusiCares' addiction recovery program, in Sill’s name. 

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