Composer Michael Linn scored television shows and several independent and "B" movies of the '80s and early '90s. Linn got his start writing music and playing lead trumpet and piano for such big bands as Jaki Byard's Apollo Stompers, Ultimate Spinach and Mason-Dixon & the Line. Prior to that, he graduated with a major in jazz trumpet from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, Linn turned to composing movie scores; initially he contributed to the soundtracks of such films as Eating Raoul (1982). He wrote his first solo score for Trial by Terror (1985). Other film credits include Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987), Illicit Behavior (1991), and Snapdragon (1993). Linn opened his own studio to continue providing movie soundtracks in the late '80s. He teamed up with movie producer Michael Alden in 1994. The following year, he and Alden had just finished producing Veeck as in Wreck, a Bill Murray vehicle that was based on the life of White Sox owner Bill Veeck when Linn succumbed to the cancer he had been battling for a long time.