Have written about his many talents before, but keep finding more interesting info about him. Charlie Chaplin composed the music for almost all of his films. In fact, he was the only person to write, produce, direct, compose, conduct, and act in his movies. Charlie was never classically trained in music, but played a number of instruments. He even sang LINK.
Customarily in scoring silent pictures the Wagnerian Leitmotiv
system, a distinctive musical theme associated with a character
and idea. He wrote the ninety five musical cues in "City Lights"
and the passages where the music follows or mimics the action in
what is generally known as “mickey-mousing” from its use in the
scoring of animated cartoons.
Here are a few of his songs: "Smile", "Eternally", "Terry's
Theme", "Limelight", "This is My Song", "Oh that Cello",
"There’s Always Someone You Can’t Forget", "Sing a Song”, “With
you, Dear, in Bombay”, "Falling Star", “A Paris Boulevard”,
“Tango Bitterness”, and “Rumba”.
A few of his songs have become classics, top ten hits, and
endure long after his death on Christmas Day, 1977 (He was born
in 1899). Have included a few links below for a brief musical
"Smile" was made famous by Nat King Cole LINK
and was also covered by Michael Jackson, Timi Yuro, and Tony
"Eternally" was covered by many, including Placido
Domingo, Englebert Humperdink, Jerry Vale, Vic Damone, and Sarah
"This is My Song" covered, among others by Petula Clark LINK
and Judith Durham LINK.