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August 14

August 14, 1945 – Comedian, Actor, Musician, and Disney Legend Steve Martin is Born


“I also got to wander around Disneyland to my heart’s content. I could scrounge tickets to rides, sometimes finding them on the ground, sometimes a departing fat cat would slip me his remaining coupons.”

On August 14, 1945, Stephen Glenn Martin was born in Waco, Texas. At a young age, his family moved to California, where he ended up living two miles away from Disneyland. Through his teens, Martin worked in the park, and eventually worked in Merlin’s Magic Shop, selling magic tricks and gag items. He would often watch the work of Disneyland performer Wally Boag, whose comedic timing and style would greatly influence Martin’s own comedic style. He attended California State University, majoring in philosophy, but later transferred to UCLA and switched from philosophy to theater before dropping out of college altogether. His career began in 1967, when he got a writing job for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; his first television appearance was in 1969 on The Steve Allen Show. He would appear on several television shows after this, including The Tonight Show, The Muppet Show, and Saturday Night Live, with the latter gaining high viewership when he made a guest appearance. His numerous comedy albums sold quite well, and he continued his stand-up career until 1981, when he decided to concentrate on his film career. His work with Disney, other than working at Disneyland, includes several film projects, such as Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride II, and an appearance in Fantasia 2000. In 2005, Martin was inducted as a Disney Legend for his work at Disneyland.


November 16

November 16, 2010 – The Soundtrack for the Film Tangled is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“All at once, everything looks different, now that I see you.”

On November 16, 2010, the soundtrack for the 50th Disney animated feature film Tangled was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack was released two days after the premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, and a week before the film’s general release nationwide. The soundtrack includes the original score by Alan Menken, songs from the film written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and an original song by recording artist Grace Potter. One song included in the soundtrack was eventually cut from the film, which was the first reprise of “When Will My Life Begin?” sung by Mandy Moore, the voice of Rapunzel. The album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200, as well as number 7 on the Soundtrack chart, and number 3 on the Kid Albums chart.  The song “I See the Light” was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, and won a Grammy.

August 29

August 29, 2000 – The Album Woody’s Roundup: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Collection of Woody’s Favorite Songs is Released Through Walt Disney Records

71yDf-nsYML“Woody’s Roundup, come on, gather round. Woody’s Roundup, where nobody wears a frown.”

On August 29, 2000, the album Woody’s Roundup: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Collection of Woody’s Favorite Songs (also known as simply Woody’s Roundup) was released through Walt Disney Records. Inspired by the fictional television program Woody’s Roundup from Pixar’s Toy Story 2, the album is a collection of Western style songs performed by the band Riders in the Sky. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.

June 26

June 26, 2007 – Two Albums for Pixar’s Animated Feature Film Ratatouille are Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“Dreams are to lovers as wine is to friends…”

On June 26, 2007, two soundtrack albums for Pixar’s with animated feature film Ratatouille were released through Walt Disney Records: the official score composed by Michael Giacchino, and a compilation album entitled Ratatouille: What’s Cooking? This was Giacchino’s second time working with Pixar, having worked with director Brad Bird on The Incredibles. French artist Camille was hired to perform the ending song “Le Festin” (translation: the feast), with the song remaining in French in each translated version of the film. The score garnered Giacchino his first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and his first Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album. The second album is a compilation of songs that are inspired, rather than taken from, the film. The album includes tracks titled “Saturday Night Fish Fry” and “Banana Split for My Baby,” and are performed by Fred Mollin and the Blue Sea Band, Johnny Neel, and Troy Johnson.

June 24

June 24, 2008 – The Soundtrack to the Pixar Animated Film Wall-E is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“We’re coming down to the ground, we hear the birds sing in the trees, and the land will be looked after, we send the seeds out in the breeze.”

On June 24, 2008, the soundtrack to Pixar’s ninth animated feature film Wall-E was released through Walt Disney Records. Composed by Thomas Newman, this is Newman’s second collaboration with Pixar, his first being Finding Nemo. Included in the soundtrack is the original song for the film “Down to Earth,” written and performed by Peter Gabriel, “La vie en Rose” performed by Louis Armstrong, and two excerpts from the musical film Hello, Dolly!: “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” and “It Only Takes a Moment,” both sung by Michael Crawford. The soundtrack won two Grammy Awards for Best Original Song (“Down to Earth”) and Best Instrumental Arrangement for the piece “Define Dancing,” and was nominated for Best Motion Picture Score, but lost to The Dark Knight by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer. The soundtrack was also nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song, both losing to Slumdog Millionaire.

May 18

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May 18, 1999 – Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack is Released


“Put your faith in what you most believe in, two worlds, one family. Trust your heart, let fate decide to guide these lives we see.”

On May 18, 1999, Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack was released through Walt Disney Records. It was the soundtrack for the 37th animated feature film released by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The songs were written by singer-songwriter Phil Collins, with score composed by Mark Mancina. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard charts, and spawned two singles: “You’ll Be in My Heart” and “Strangers Like Me.” “You’ll Be in My Heart” would go on to win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song; the soundtrack received a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album. It is also notable as the first soundtrack to be recorded in multiple languages for foreign markets, with Collins singing the songs in the English, Italian, German, Spanish, and French versions.

March 1

March 1, 1994 – Music from Disney’s Aladdin Wins Four Grammys

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“A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew…”

On March 1, 1994, the 36th Grammy Awards were held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The music from the hit feature film Aladdin, particularly the song “A Whole New World” received four out of its six nominations. Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, “A Whole New World” won Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (the pop ending track sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle), and Song of the Year, beating Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” Jim Steinman’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Sting’s “If I Ever Lose Faith In You,” and Billy Joel’s “The River of Dreams.” The soundtrack was also nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s “Friend Like Me.” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s pop version of “A Whole New World” was nominated for Record of the Year, but lost to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

February 20

February 20, 1991 – The Little Mermaid Soundtrack Wins Two Grammy Awards


“Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter, under the sea.”

On February 20, 1991, the 33rd Grammy Awards were held in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The soundtrack for the 1989 animated feature film The Little Mermaid won awards for composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Best Recording for Children and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for “Under the Sea.” The success of the soundtrack kicked off a season of accolades for Disney film soundtracks that include Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

February 12

February 12, 2012 – “I See the Light” from Tangled Wins a Grammy Award

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“WOW!! Just when I’d given up getting any more Grammy awards there’s this surprising Valentine for ‘I See the Light’ and TANGLED. Yay!!” – Alan Menken

On February 12, 2012, the 54th Grammy Awards were held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The soundtrack for the Disney animated feature film Tangled was nominated for two awards, winning one: Best Song Written for Visual Media for “I See the Light,” written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. The song won against fellow nominees “Born to Be Somebody” from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, “Christmastime is Killing Us” from Family Guy, “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh, “Where the River Goes” from Footloose, and “You Haven’t See the Last of Me” from Burlesque. This is Menken’s 11th Grammy overall, and Glenn Slater’s first.

January 31

January 31, 2010 – The Score for Pixar’s UP Wins Two Grammy Awards

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“[Regarding “Married Life” as Ellie’s theme]…when you watch the film, it’s fun to see how that score changes with them as well.” – Michael Giacchino

On January 31, 2010, the 52nd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles, California. Michael Giacchino’s score for the Pixar film UP was awarded two Grammys: one for Best Score Soundtrack Album, beating out Alexandre Desplat’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Nicholas Hooper’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Danny Elfman’s Milk, and Giacchino’s collaboration with Varese Sarabande for Star Trek; the other award was for Best Instrumental Composition for the piece “Married Life,” which was up against Paquito D’Rivera’s “Borat in Syracuse,” Tim Davies’ “Counting to Infinity,” Bob Florence’s “Fluffy,” and Steve Wiest’s “Ice-Nine.” It is one of the few scores in history to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Grammy.