|Birth name Andrew Paley|
Role Record producer
Name Andy Paley
|Years active 1960s–present|
Genres Power pop, film score
Music group The Paley Brothers
|Origin Albany, New York, United States|
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboards, piano, organ, guitar, drums, harmonica, accordion, ukulele, banjo, autoharp, string bass, vibraphone, marimba, vocals
Spouse Heather L. Crist (m. 2010)
Movies Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Siblings Jonathan Paley, Sarah Paley
Similar People Brian Wilson, Bob Kerrey, Russ Titelman, Tom Kenny, Chris Isaak
Andrew Douglas Paley (born 1952) is an American songwriter, record producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who was one half of the Paley Brothers, a 1970s power pop duo formed with his brother Jonathan Paley. Following their disbandment, Andy was a staff producer at Sire Records, producing albums for artists such as Brian Wilson, Jonathan Richman, NRBQ, John Wesley Harding, the Greenberry Woods, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Since then, Paley has also worked in film and television, composing scores and writing songs mostly for cartoons such as Spongebob Squarepants and Camp Lazlo.
- Personal life and early career
- The Paley Brothers
- Collaborative work
- Brian Wilson
- Film and television work
Personal life and early career
Andy is the son of Henry Paley, a college administrator and lobbyist, and Cabot Barber Paley, a teacher and therapist. He is the third of five children and grew up near Albany, New York. His younger sister Sarah is married to former U.S. senator Bob Kerrey. In 2010, he married Heather Crist in a ceremony officiated by Kerrey.
He began performing in his early teens as a drummer and singer for local Albany-area bands before moving to Boston. He was a founding member of and the drummer for the Boston, Massachusetts band, Catfish Black, which also included future Modern Lovers members Jerry Harrison and Ernie Brooks. The band was renamed the Sidewinders and was later joined by Billy Squier. The band performed around Boston and in NYC at venues like Max's Kansas City. They released an album, produced by Lenny Kaye, which featured songs written and sung by Paley. The Sidewinders broke up in the mid-1970s. Paley then played on Elliott Murphy's album Night Lights, and performed with Jonathan Richman after the break-up of the original Modern Lovers.
The Paley Brothers
Andy went on to form The Paley Brothers with his younger brother Jonathan, a guitar/bass player and singer who also was part of the early Boston punk scene and had played with Boston and NYC bands such as Mong. They disintegrated as an act in 1979 when Jonathan joined the Nervous Eaters. Although the Nervous Eaters collapsed after Ric Ocasek, who had produced their demo, was not permitted to produce their second album," the Paley Brothers did not reform. Said Jonathan, "It was more of an evolution. Andy went on the road with Patti Smith's band and got into production work; I went and sailed around the world."
In 1979, Andy Paley played guitar on Jonathan Richman's album Back in Your Life, and continued to perform on and off with Richman and later incarnations of the Modern Lovers, and produce many of their recordings, through the 1980s. He produced Richman's 1985 album Rockin' and Romance. Andy then focused on songwriting, session work and record production and working with Madonna, k.d. lang, Mandy Barnett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Brenda Lee, Little Richard and many others.
In 1988, Paley produced and co-wrote songs on Wilson's solo comeback album Brian Wilson, and continued to work with him on unreleased material in the 1990s. He also co-wrote songs on Wilson's Gettin' In Over My Head (2004).
Film and television work
He produced the soundtracks for Dick Tracy (1990) and A Walk on the Moon (1999) and wrote the original music for Traveller (1997, starring Bill Paxton). In 2009 he contributed to the soundtrack of World's Greatest Dad, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams. He also wrote the musical score for Season One of Showtime's The L Word.
Paley wrote and produced the music for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. He and Tom Kenny – the voice of SpongeBob – co-wrote the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! Album (2012). He leads the Andy Paley Orchestra, which provides the music for The Thrilling Adventure & Supernatural Suspense Hour, a theater group in Los Angeles that performs original stage productions in the style of old radio melodramas.