Michael Bacon (musician)

Michael Bacon (born December 22, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and film score composer. He is the older brother of actor Kevin Bacon. He is a faculty member in music at Lehman College.

Michael Bacon
Bacon in April 2010
Bacon in April 2010
Background information
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresCountry, Rock, Folk, Soul, Film score
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards, cello, banjo, drums, violin
Associated actsThe Bacon Brothers


Early life and careerEdit

Bacon, one of six children, was born in Philadelphia and raised there in a close-knit family. A former Park Avenue debutante, his mother, Ruth Hilda (née Holmes), taught elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Bacon, was a well-respected urban planner and author of the canonical urban planning book, Design of Cities. Michael attended and graduated from the prestigious Central High School, June 1965, 224th class.[1] Philadelphia in June 1965. He went off to New York to enter Lehman College and graduated with very high notes.


The Bacon Brothers, Michael (right) and Kevin Bacon, NYC

Bacon is an accomplished guitarist, keyboardist and cellist. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s, Bacon performed with his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning brother, Kevin, in a duo ensemble, called The Bacon Brothers, which he formed. With three albums to their credit by 2001, Bacon's tour schedule included eight concerts for the summer of that year, at venues from New York City, down the East Coast, and into the Midwest to Peru, Illinois and Missouri. The duo have written and performed songs together for several decades, including several commercial numbers and maintain that they will continue to work together and perform. The Bacon Brothers were featured on the July–August 2006 cover of Making Music Magazine.

In 2008, Bacon composed the soundtrack for the PBS mini series The Jewish Americans.

Film and televisionEdit

Bacon has composed hundreds of songs for television shows and motion pictures.

In January 2006, Bacon appeared on an episode of Queer Eye with his brother Kevin. The episode featured him as the episode's "straight guy" and makeover recipient, and ended with both Bacon Brothers performing.

Personal lifeEdit

Bacon has been married to Betsy Maguire-Bacon since 1972; they have one child, Neil Bacon (born April 29, 1982). He earned a degree in music from Lehman College; he studied composition and orchestration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano.


Bacon at a concert of the Bacon Brothers in 2006


“Good News" Columbia

“Bringin’ it Home" Monument/CBS

“Love Song Believer" Monument/

With Kevin Bacon as the Bacon BrothersEdit

  • 1997: Forosoco
  • 1999: Getting There
  • 2001: Can't Complain
  • 2005: White Knuckles
  • 2009: New Years Day
  • 2011: Philadelphia Road – The Best Of
  • 2014: 36¢
  • 2018: The Bacon Brothers
  • 2020: The Way We Love

Film and television scoresEdit

  • Film
  • Network
    • Hiroshima, Rage and Betrayal, Pot of Gold -Peter Jennings ABC
    • Turning Point – ABC Series (17)
    • The Century -ABC (26)
    • Gettin' Over with Tony Danza ABC Series (9)
    • Tyson: The Fallen Champ 2 hour NBC Movie of the Week dir. Barbara Kopple
    • Trackdown ABC series (3)
    • Code One ABC Special
    • Brides ABC Special
    • We're Expecting ABC Special
    • America's Missing Children CBS Special
    • Body Watching CBS special
    • Yearbook Fox series (11)
    • Urban Anxiety Fox series (9)
  • Public television
    • Finding Your Roots (2011–12)
    • The Buddha (2010)
    • The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2009)
    • The Adirondacks
    • George H. W. Bush
    • Bill Moyers Journal (2007)
    • Out of the Shadows
    • The Mysterious Human Heart (2007)
    • The Jewish Americans (2007)
    • Oprah's Roots (2007)
    • African American Lives I and II (2006) (2008)
    • Victory in the Pacific (2005)
    • RFK (2005)
    • Marie Antoinette (2006)
    • Religion and Ethics -theme
    • Destination America (2005)
    • Young Dr. Freud Emmy nominee for original score
    • The Windsors 4-hour mini-series
    • Degenerate Art PBS (David Grubin)
    • Napoleon 4-hour mini-series
    • HOXIE: The First Stand (Peabody Award)
    • Jim Crow
    • American Experience – WGBH
    • Surrender in the Pacific (2005)
    • The Kennedys Emmy winner for Outstanding Achievement in Music, (News and Documentary)
    • FDR Peabody Award winner
    • Amelia Earhart
    • LBJ National Emmy Nominee David Grubin Chicago Film Fest. Gold Plaque Award for Music
    • Eisenhower
    • MacArthur
    • Lincoln
    • Andrew Carnegie
    • Gold Fever
    • Teddy Roosevelt (TR)
    • The Last Boss (Daley)
    • Orphan Trains
    • The Wright Stuff
    • Journey to America
    • The World That Moses Built
    • The Great Air Race
    • Hurricane of 1938
    • Reagan
    • Truman (Emmy Winner)
    • Alone on the Ice (Admiral Byrd)
    • Dust Bowl
    • America 1900 (Emmy winner, Peabody Award winner)
    • Smithsonian World
    • The Wyeths (adaptation of Ann Wyeth McCoy’s music) Emmy winner 1988 (David Grubin)
    • Voices of Latin America
    • Bill Moyers on PBS
    • Healing and the Mind 1993 National Emmy winner Inf. Series (5)
    • Bill Moyers’ Journal
    • In Search of the Constitution
    • A Second Look
    • Report from Philadelphia
    • The Secret Government
    • God and Politics
    • World of Ideas
    • Power of the Word
    • Nova -WGBH
    • Shackleton
    • World in the Balance
    • In Search of the Super Twister
    • The Big Dig
    • Trillion Dollar Bet
    • Electric Heart
    • Rescue Mission in Space
    • Eclipse of the Century
    • In Search of the Lost Language
    • Roller Coaster
    • Condors
    • Buried in Ash
    • Sick Buildings
    • Meteors
    • WNET
    • Theme for The Musicals 1990 Emmy Best Director (John Merdin)
    • America on Wheels
  • Cable
    • The Man who Loved Sharks (Nigel Noble) 1992 ACE Award Nominee-Best Original Score
    • Marilyn: The Last Interview (HBO)
    • LOCOMOTION Engines of Enterprise (BBC)
    • Shoot the Clock Lifetime
    • Addicted Lifetime
    • Multiple Personality Disorder (HBO)
    • Mitchum Ace Award Wombat Productions
    • CNN: Special Assignment Theme
    • Rediscovering America with Roger Kennedy Discovery Series (11)
    • Sports Illustrated for Kids (HBO)
    • Drining Passion (TURNER)
    • Animal ER (TURNER)
    • The Hidden Zoo (TURNER)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Carl Colby (director) (September 2011). The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (Motion picture). New York City: Act 4 Entertainment.

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