“Charles Fox: The First American named Cultural Ambassador of Instituto Latino de la Música”
New York, USA. September 17th, 2018
The Instituto Latino de la Música (ILM) has appointed Cultural Ambassadors to living legends who have been awarded in the most relevant academies, such as The Academy Awards and The Recording Academy; but on this occasion a name that by itself means an academy is added to the top group of music stars: Charles Fox, the ARTIST who served as a Governor of the Motion Picture Academy for 9 years and received a Grammy Award for Best Song.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, his name has been related among the most virtuoso pianists, composers and arrangers in the world. His professional musical career began with some of the great Latin bands in New York including, Ray Barretto, Joe Quijano, and Tito Puente. His earliest songs written for those bands all had Spanish lyrics by Elliot Romero. He made several Latin LPs as an artist, featuring Elliot Romero, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez.
He has composed the musical scores for over 100 motion pictures and television films including, Foul Play for which he received one of his two Academy Award nominations. The other was for the film, The Other Side of the Mountain. For his popular song Killing Me Softly With His Song, he received the Grammy Award for Best Song in 1973. His TV shows and theme songs include, The Love Boat, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Wonder Woman, The Paper Chase, Angie, The Hogan Family and Love American Style, for which he received two Emmy Awards.
Among the many legendary and diverse recording artists who have recorded his songs are Roberta Flack, Sarah Vaughn, Barry Manilow, Jim Croce, Fred Astaire, Luther Vandross, Johnny Cash, Lena Horne, George Shearing, The Boston Pops, Jack Jones, Dionne Warwick, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Goldie Hawn, Carly Simon, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keyes, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, Crystal Gayle, Seals & Croffts, Perry Como, Lori Lieberman, Sergio Mendes, Maureen McGovern, Jose Feliciano, Olivia Newton John, Steve Tyrell, Lauryn Hill & The Fugees, and Ice T.
The current Cultural Ambassador of ILM (founded in Mexico City in 1921) has added other recognitions which are important to be remembered, such as: two Golden Globe nominations, 1992 BMI Richard Kirk Award for outstanding life achievement in music, he was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2004, Inducted into the SmithsonianMuseum of Americana with his recording of “Happy Days”, and he served as a Governor of the Motion Picture Academy for 9 years.
Charles Fox loves Latin Music from his earlier years to nowadays, and just this past July, performed two concerts of his Latin music at the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro in Havana with an orchestra of all star Cuban musicians and singers including Cristian Alejandro and Omara Portuondo. Now he is the first American to receive the plate that honors him as Cultural Ambassador of ILM. It will be annouced where and when this event would take place soon.