Charles Fox was born and raised in New York City, graduated from High School of Music and Art, and continued his formal musical education with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He studied jazz-piano with Lenny Tristano and electronic music with Vladimir Ussachevsky at Columbia University. He began his career playing the piano, composing and arranging for such salsa legends as Ray Barretto, Joe Quijano and Tito Puente, as well as writing theme music and arrangements for Skitch Henderson and the Tonight Show Orchestra.
Charles has composed the music for hundreds of songs. Most of them have been recorded for records, motion pictures and TV. Among the many legendary and diverse recording artists who have recorded his songs are Roberto Flack, Sarah Vaughn, Barry Manilow, Jim Croce, Fred Astaire, Luther Vandross, Johnny Cash, Lena Horne, George Shearing, The Boston Pops, Jack Jones, Tito Puente, Goldie Hawn, Carly Simon, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, Crystal Gayle, Lori Lieberman, Sergio Mendes, Maureen McGovern, Olivia Newton John, Lauryn Hill & The Fugees, and Ice T.
Among his works for theater, in collaboration with lyricist Norman Gimbel, are The Eleventh, starring Shelly Berman, and A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Cleavon Little and Mare Winningham. In collaboration with Hal David, he has composed the musicals The Chosen and The Turning Point. Other collaborators include Paul Williams, David Zippel, Sammy Cahn, Carly Simon and Carole Bayer Sager.
He has composed the musical scores for over 100 motion pictures and television films including Barbarella, Nine to Five, Goodbye Columbus, and Foul Play for which he received one of his two Academy…