Rockford composer lands on movie score

By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

Rockford native, songwriter Steve Mutimer, otherwise known as Poppa Steve, has been tapped by director Edoardo Ponti for music for the upcoming film Coming & Going.

Scheduled for a 2010 release, Coming & Going stars Sasha Alexander (NCIS, Dawson’s Creek, Mission Impossible III) and Rys Darby (Yes Man, The Next Big Thing). The comedy chronicles the quest of an OB-GYN who is unable to speak to women outside of his examination room.

Mutimer submitted 12 songs for the film, all of which were well received. According to Roger Goff, who supervised the film’s score, Ponti chose seven songs from five of Mutimer’s CDs.

“I needed a wide variety of music that would sound great and deliver a range of emotions,” Goff said. “That’s why I was so thrilled to meet Poppa Steve. Every track from him is impeccability recorded.”

Mutimer got his start as a drummer, playing with several Rockford-based bands starting in the late 1950s and early ’60s. After touring to support acts like The Four Tops, Mutimer enjoyed a successful career in advertising, while continuing to write music. Known for his unique rock-tinged jazz, the East High graduate has 16 CDs and more than 200 songs in his catalog. His material been played on more than 120 jazz stations worldwide.

“Since I don’t have a live band to tour and promote with,” Mutimer, who has lived in Arizona since 2004, said, “my success on commercial radio is limited at best. I’ve been concentrating on the film and television side of the business. This is my first real success in this arena.”

Mutimer won more than 100 awards in his 35-year career in advertising and three TV Emmys for music composition. A recent CD, Poppa Roots, features a list of Rockford-inspired songs such as “Mrs. Fisher’s Chips,” “Flicks at The Midway,” and “North Main Tavern.” The song, “LPs from Comay’s,” will appear in the film.

Ponti was born in Switzerland and is the son of actress Sophia Loren and late film producer Carlo Ponti.

“I’m most happy and suprised to have many tunes selected by such a prestigious producer/director,” Mutimer noted. “The additional fact that Edoardo comes from such a legendary motion picture family really makes this something special for me.”

Mutimer’s music can be previewed at More information about Coming & Going is at

From the Dec. 30, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010 issue

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