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John Barry (1933-2011)

John Barry, composer John Barry was born John Barry Prendergast in York, England, the son of Jack Xavier, who owned theatres and cinemas in the north of England. This, told Barry, is where he remembered being taken to see Mickey Mouse and falling in love with all things cinema. The story tells romantically, like a real life Cinema Paradiso experience. Barry had an unconventional musical education, which probably explains why his music stands out as different. It's a journey that includes an Army band (the Green Howards), his rock n'roll combo (the John Barry seven), during which Barry discovered and launched the pop career of Adam Faith, and an apprenticeship in harmony and counterpoint at York Minster. Though he already had a film score under his belt (Beat Girl, through the Faith connection), it was his skills as an arranger that caught the ear of Peter Hunt and got him hired onto Doctor No. The rest, as they say, is history. John Barry went on to be enormously popular through his sensational James Bond film scores, whilst also courting more serious critical acclaim through the British 'new wave' comedies, dramas and spy thrillers of the 1960s. This matured into an acceptance into Hollywood that tumulted with such major romantic film scores as Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves.
Stephen Woolston/Film Score Monthly

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Barry Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Barry on Barry
Juke Box Jury, TV theme (1959–1967)
Beat Girl, film score (1960)
Never Let Go, film score (1960)
The Cool Mikado, film score (1962)
The Amorous Prawn, film score (1962)
The L-Shaped Room, film score (1962)
Dr. No, film score/uncredited (1962) [James Bond Theme used on main and end titles and Bond's arrival in Jamaica]
Dateline London, TV theme (1962)
Man in the Middle, film score (1963)
From Russia with Love, film score (1963) [James Bond film]
Elizabeth Taylor in London, TV theme (Grammy award nomination) (1963)
The Human Jungle, TV theme (1963–1965)
A Jolly Bad Fellow, film score (1964)
Sťance on a Wet Afternoon, film score (1964)
Zulu, film score (1964)
Goldfinger, film score (1964) [James Bond film]
Impromptu, TV theme (1964)
Sophia Loren in Rome, TV theme (1964)
Boy and Bicycle, film score (1965)
Mister Moses, film score (1965)
Four in the Morning, film score (1965)
The Party's Over, film score (1965)
The Knack …and How to Get It, film score (1965)
King Rat, film score (1965)
The Ipcress File, film score (1965)
Thunderball, film score (1965) [James Bond film]
The Newcomers, TV theme (1965–1969)
Passion Flower Hotel, musical (1965)
Born Free, film score (1966) [2 Academy Awards - Best Original Song & Best Original Music Score]
The Chase, film score (1966)
The Wrong Box, film score (1966)
The Quiller Memorandum, film score (1966)
Vendetta, TV theme (1966)
The Whisperers, film score (1967)
Dutchman, film score (1967)
You Only Live Twice, film score (1967) [James Bond film]
Boom!, film score (1968)
Petulia, film score (1968)
Deadfall, film score (1968)
The Lion in Winter, film score (1968) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
The Appointment, film score (1969)
Midnight Cowboy, film score (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score (1969) [James Bond film]
Monte Walsh, film score (1970)
The Last Valley, film score (1970)
They Might Be Giants, film score (1971)
Murphy's War, film score (1971)
Walkabout, film score (1971)
Mary, Queen of Scots, film score (1971) [Academy Award nomination for Best Original Dramatic Score]
Diamonds Are Forever, film score (1971) [James Bond film]
The Persuaders!, TV theme (1971–1972)
Lolita, My Love, musical comedy (1971) [text: Alan Jay Lerner; based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita]
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, film score (1972)
Follow Me!, film score (1972)
The Adventurer, TV theme (1972–1973)
A Doll's House, film score (1973)
The Glass Menagerie, TV film score (1973)
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries, TV theme (1973)
The Glass Menagerie, TV theme (1973)
The Tamarind Seed, film score (1974)
The Dove, film score (1974)
The Man with the Golden Gun, film score (1974) [James Bond film]
Born Free, TV theme (1974)
Billy, musical (1974)
The Day of the Locust, film score (1975)
Love Among the Ruins, TV theme (1975)
King Kong, film score (1976)
Robin and Marian, film score (1976)
Americans, orchestra (album release, 1976)
Eleanor and Franklin, TV theme (1976)
The Deep, film score (1977)
First Love, film score (1977)
The White Buffalo, film score (1977)
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, TV theme (1977)
The War Between the Tates, TV theme (1977)
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy, TV theme (1977)
The Gathering, TV theme (1977)
Game Of Death, film score (1978)
The Betsy, film score (1978)
Starcrash, film score (1978)
Hanover Street, film score (1979)
The Black Hole, film score (1979)
Moonraker, film score (1979) [James Bond film]
The Corn is Green, TV theme (1979)
Willa, TV theme (1979)
Somewhere in Time, film score (1980)
Touched by Love, film score (1980)
Inside Moves, film score (1980)
Night Games, film score (1980)
Raise the Titanic, film score (1980)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger, film score (1981)
Body Heat, film score (1981)
The Little Prince and the Aviator, musical (1981)
Frances, film score (1982)
Murder By Phone, film score (1982)
Hammett, film score (1982)
The Golden Seal, film score (1983)
High Road to China, film score (1983)
Octopussy, film score (1983) [James Bond film]
Svengali, TV theme (1983)
The Cotton Club, film score (1984)
Until September, film score (1984)
Mike's Murder, film score (1984)
Jagged Edge, film score (1985)
Out of Africa, film score (1985) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
A View to a Kill, film score (1985) [James Bond film]
Howard the Duck, film score (1986)
A Killing Affair, film score (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married, film score (1986)
Hearts of Fire, film score (1987)
The Living Daylights, film score (1987) [James Bond film]
Masquerade, film score (1988)
USA Today-The TV series, TV theme (1988)
Dances with Wolves, film score (1990) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
Chaplin, film score (1992) [Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score]
The Witness, TV theme (1992)
Ruby Cairo, film score (1993)
My Life, film score (1993)
Indecent Proposal, film score (1993)
John Barry-Moviola, TV theme (1993)
The Specialist, film score (1994)
Cry, The Beloved Country, film score (1995)
Across The Sea of Time, film score (1995) (3D IMAX movie)
The Scarlet Letter, film score (1995)
Swept from the Sea, film score (1997)
Mercury Rising, film score (1998)
Playing by Heart, film score (1998)
The Beyondness of Things, orchestra (album release, 1998)
Enigma, film score (2001)
Brighton Rock, musical (2004)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Barry Links    ~ ~ ~    Barry on Barry     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Passion Flower Hotel, musical (1965)
Lolita, My Love, musical comedy (1971) [text: Alan Jay Lerner; based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita]
Billy, musical (1974)
The Little Prince and the Aviator, musical (1981)
Brighton Rock, musical (2004)

Orchestra
Americans, orchestra (album release, 1976)
    - Yesternight Suite, interpolating
    - By Myself, and
    - As Time Goes By
    - Downtown Walker
    - Scorpio
    - Social Swing
    - Strip Drive
    - Speaking Mirrors
The Beyondness of Things, orchestra (album release, 1998)
    - The Beyondness of Things
    - Kissably Close
    - The Heartlands
    - Give Me a Smile
    - A Childhood Memory
    - Nocturnal New York
    - Meadow of Delight and Sadness
    - Gifts of Nature
    - The Fictionist
    - Dawn Chorus
    - The Day the Earth Fell Silent
    - Dance with Reality
Eternal Echoes, orchestra (album release, 2002)
    - Eternal Echoes
    - Returning Home
    - Crazy Dog
    - Slow Day
    - Fred & Cyd
    - Blessed Illusion
    - Lullabying
    - Winning
    - Get Over It
    - First Steps
    - Elegy

Film Scores
Beat Girl, film score (1960)
Never Let Go, film score (1960)
The Cool Mikado, film score (1962)
The Amorous Prawn, film score (1962)
The L-Shaped Room, film score (1962)
Dr. No, film score/uncredited (1962) [James Bond Theme used on main and end titles and Bond's arrival in Jamaica]
Man in the Middle, film score (1963)
From Russia with Love, film score (1963) [James Bond film]
A Jolly Bad Fellow, film score (1964)
Sťance on a Wet Afternoon, film score (1964)
Zulu, film score (1964)
Goldfinger, film score (1964) [James Bond film]
Boy and Bicycle, film score (1965)
Mister Moses, film score (1965)
Four in the Morning, film score (1965)
The Party's Over, film score (1965)
The Knack …and How to Get It, film score (1965)
King Rat, film score (1965)
The Ipcress File, film score (1965)
Thunderball, film score (1965) [James Bond film]
Born Free, film score (1966) [2 Academy Awards - Best Original Song & Best Original Music Score]
The Chase, film score (1966)
The Wrong Box, film score (1966)
The Quiller Memorandum, film score (1966)
The Whisperers, film score (1967)
Dutchman, film score (1967)
You Only Live Twice, film score (1967) [James Bond film]
Boom!, film score (1968)
Petulia, film score (1968)
Deadfall, film score (1968)
The Lion in Winter, film score (1968) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
The Appointment, film score (1969)
Midnight Cowboy, film score (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score (1969) [James Bond film]
Monte Walsh, film score (1970)
The Last Valley, film score (1970)
They Might Be Giants, film score (1971)
Murphy's War, film score (1971)
Walkabout, film score (1971)
Mary, Queen of Scots, film score (1971) [Academy Award nomination for Best Original Dramatic Score]
Diamonds Are Forever, film score (1971) [James Bond film]
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, film score (1972)
Follow Me!, film score (1972)
A Doll's House, film score (1973)
The Glass Menagerie, TV film score (1973)
The Tamarind Seed, film score (1974)
The Dove, film score (1974)
The Man with the Golden Gun, film score (1974) [James Bond film]
The Day of the Locust, film score (1975)
King Kong, film score (1976)
Robin and Marian, film score (1976)
The Deep, film score (1977)
First Love, film score (1977)
The White Buffalo, film score (1977)
Game Of Death, film score (1978)
The Betsy, film score (1978)
Starcrash, film score (1978)
Hanover Street, film score (1979)
The Black Hole, film score (1979)
Moonraker, film score (1979) [James Bond film]
Somewhere in Time, film score (1980)
Touched by Love, film score (1980)
Inside Moves, film score (1980)
Night Games, film score (1980)
Raise the Titanic, film score (1980)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger, film score (1981)
Body Heat, film score (1981)
Frances, film score (1982)
Murder By Phone, film score (1982)
Hammett, film score (1982)
The Golden Seal, film score (1983)
High Road to China, film score (1983)
Octopussy, film score (1983) [James Bond film]
The Cotton Club, film score (1984)
Until September, film score (1984)
Mike's Murder, film score (1984)
Jagged Edge, film score (1985)
Out of Africa, film score (1985) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
A View to a Kill, film score (1985) [James Bond film]
Howard the Duck, film score (1986)
A Killing Affair, film score (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married, film score (1986)
Hearts of Fire, film score (1987)
The Living Daylights, film score (1987) [James Bond film]
Masquerade, film score (1988)
Dances with Wolves, film score (1990) [Academy Award - Best Original Score]
Chaplin, film score (1992) [Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score]
Ruby Cairo, film score (1993)
My Life, film score (1993)
Indecent Proposal, film score (1993)
The Specialist, film score (1994)
Cry, The Beloved Country, film score (1995)
Across The Sea of Time, film score (1995) (3D IMAX movie)
The Scarlet Letter, film score (1995)
Swept from the Sea, film score (1997)
Mercury Rising, film score (1998)
Playing by Heart, film score (1998)
Enigma, film score (2001)
Eternal Echoes, orchestra (album release, 2002)

Television Themes
Dateline London, TV theme (1962)
Elizabeth Taylor in London, TV theme (Grammy award nomination) (1963)
Juke Box Jury, TV theme (1959–1967)
The Human Jungle, TV theme (1963–1965)
Impromptu, TV theme (1964)
Sophia Loren in Rome, TV theme (1964)
The Newcomers, TV theme (1965–1969)
Vendetta, TV theme (1966)
The Persuaders!, TV theme (1971–1972)
The Adventurer, TV theme (1972–1973)
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries, TV theme (1973)
The Glass Menagerie, TV theme (1973)
Born Free, TV theme (1974)
Love Among the Ruins, TV theme (1975)
Eleanor and Franklin, TV theme (1976)
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, TV theme (1977)
The War Between the Tates, TV theme (1977)
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy, TV theme (1977)
The Gathering, TV theme (1977)
The Corn is Green, TV theme (1979)
Willa, TV theme (1979)
Svengali, TV theme (1983)
USA Today-The TV series, TV theme (1988)
The Witness, TV theme (1992)
John Barry-Moviola, TV theme (1993)


BARRY  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Barry on Barry     ~ top of page ~
John Barry: An Appreciation (Jon Burlingame, Film Music Society)
John Barry Dies at 77; Composed for Bond Films (William Grimes, The New York Times)
John Barry: The Gstaad Memorandum (Interview) (transcribed by Robert Hoshowsky, Film Score Monthly)
Remembering James Bond Film Composer John Barry (Fresh Air, NPRmusic)
Tributes to John Barry, the Man with the Midas Touch for Movie Music (Rob Hastings, The Independent)

Composer website (by Geoff Leonard)  . . .   inquire about John Barry:
Composer website (by James Ollinger)

Barry @ Wikipedia
Barry @ Alternative Film Guide (via google)
Barry @ BFI Screenonline
Barry @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Barry @ Classical Archives
Barry @ Classical Composers Database
Barry @ digitalSymphonix
Barry @ Facebook
Barry @ Film Reference
Barry @ Film Score Click Track
Barry @ Film Score Monthly (via google)
Barry @ Filmtracks
Barry @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Barry @ InstantEncore
Barry @ mfiles
Barry @ Movie Music UK    also    here
Barry @ MSN Music
Barry @ MusicBrainz
Barry @ MusicWeb International
Barry @ musicianguide.com
Barry @ MySpaceMusic/John Barry Appreciation Society
Barry @ Naxos
Barry @ The New York Times
Barry @ NNDB
Barry @ Reel Classics
Barry @ Songwriters Hall of Fame
Barry @ SoundtrackCollector
Barry @ Soundtrack Express (via google)
Barry @ SoundtrackNet
Barry @ SoundUnwound
Barry @ Starpulse.com
Barry @ Turner Classic Movies

Publisher
Barry @ Composer website

Streaming Audio
Barry @ Classical Archives
Barry @ last.fm
Barry @ MySpaceMusic/John Barry Appreciation Society
Barry @ NPRmusic
Barry @ Reel Classics
Barry @ Rhapsody.com

Recordings
Barry @ ArkivMusic
Barry @ ClassicsOnline
Barry @ Discogs

Video
Barry @ YouTube
Barry @ Google Video
Barry @ Vimeo

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Barry on Barry: Interview with Jools Holland (VIDEO)






Barry on Barry: Interview with Loraine Kelly/GMTV (VIDEO)








Barry on Barry: Licence to Thrill/BBC Omnibus TV documentary (VIDEO)







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