Robert O. Ragland (Robert Oliver Ragland)
BiographyChicago, Illinois, USA
Probably best know for composing music for cult and B-movies during the sixties, seventies, eighties and present. Ragland, Robert O. was not a very popular music composer, but friend Lalo Schifrin enjoyed most of his music and both worked together. Ragland was originally from Chicago, Illionis. He had spent time advertising in Hollywood to gamble into his musical talents. Playing the piano at age five, Ragland set a tone for music interest. During his school years he organized dance bands and graduated from Northwestern University. Ragland got a job with working for the Dorsey Borthers Orchestra. Read more... Awards for musical talents in the American Conservatory in Chicago and the Academy of Music in Vienna. Ragland was overwhelmed to write music. During the sixties and seventies Ragland had composed music for Touch of Satan (1970). and also Cindy and Donna (1970). He began making music for several cult and B-Movies like The Thing with Two Heads (1972), Seven Alone (1974), Abby (1974), Return to Macon County (1975), Sharks Treasure (1975), Grizzly (1976), Pony Express Rider (1976), Massion of Doomed (1977) The Glove (1978) and Jaguar Lives! (1979). Ragland, oddly, was then known as one of the best music composers. With odd music like that Ragland had just begun and was becoming one of the most successful music composers in Hollywood. Ragland started other musical scores with Lalo Schifrin and orchestrator Jack Hayes. He started score for Project Kill (1980), Q: The Winged Serpent (1982), Brainwaves (1982), Hysterical (1983), 10 to Midnight (1983), Evils of the Night (1985), Deep Space (1987) and Messenger of Death (1988). In a bigger career of the nineties he did The Fifth Monkey (1990), No Place to Hide (1992), The Raffle (1994), The Fear (1995), Evil Obession (1995), Warhead (1996), Orion's Key (1996), Top of the World (1997) and Motel Blue (1997). These great films have marked Robert O. Ragland a short but successful career as a Hollywood music composer. Ragland scored Wing Commander (1999), but it was rejected. Ragland then also performed music in Broadway plays and other music concerts. Ragland retired in 1999 at age 69.