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Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England

GUEST,Arthur_itus 31 Jan 11 - 03:24 AM
fat B****rd 31 Jan 11 - 03:53 AM
MartinRyan 31 Jan 11 - 04:01 AM
Richie Black (misused acct, bad email) 31 Jan 11 - 04:08 AM
bradfordian 31 Jan 11 - 06:32 AM
mikesamwild 31 Jan 11 - 07:36 AM
Desert Dancer 31 Jan 11 - 02:03 PM
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Desert Dancer 31 Jan 11 - 02:19 PM
GUEST,PAUL LANSLEY 31 Jan 11 - 07:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: GUEST,Arthur_itus
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 03:24 AM

So sorry to hear the news that John Barry has passed away.

Remember buying 45RPM's of Hit & Miss and Walk Don't Run.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barry_(composer)

RIP John


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: fat B****rd
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 03:53 AM

Sad to hear the news. I liked a lot of his film music, especially 'Zulu'. RIP mr. Barry


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: MartinRyan
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 04:01 AM

Yes - he wrote some great scores. There was a time when you could hardly turn on the transistor radio without hearing either himself or John Dankworth!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: Richie Black (misused acct, bad email)
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 04:08 AM

A very talented gentleman. I always liked the "The Persuaders" Theme.

May he rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: bradfordian
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 06:32 AM

Hit and Miss 1960
The Persuaders1971
Dances with Wolves/The John Dunbar Theme 1990

So much wonderful instrumental music. Thank you for that John.

Think his knighthood got lost in the post.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: mikesamwild
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 07:36 AM

tremendous achievements. He arranged stuff for Adam Faith eg Little Yellow Roses that fay Hield and Jon Boden now sing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 02:03 PM

John Barry obituary

Composer most closely associated with the golden age of James Bond but whose scores ranged from Midnight Cowboy to Dances With Wolves

Adam Sweeting
guardian.co.uk
Monday 31 January 2011 18.31 GMT

John Barry, who has died aged 77 following a heart attack, will always be associated with the golden age of James Bond, but though much of his most famous music was written to accompany the outlandish adventures of 007, his work covered a huge variety of moods and styles. Barry wrote epic, sweeping film scores for Zulu (1964), Born Free (1966) and Out of Africa (1985), introduced blues and jazz themes into The Chase (1966) and The Cotton Club (1984), and conceived the shivery, sinister music for The Ipcress File (1965). He even became something of a pop star in his own right.

He was born Jonathan Barry Prendergast in York, where his father ran a chain of cinemas. His mother was a talented musician, but had abandoned the attempt to establish herself as a concert pianist. "My father had seven or eight cinemas, so I was brought up in the cinema," he recalled. "I remember my dad carrying me through the foyer of the Rialto in York and pushing the swing doors open at a matinee. I was looking at this big black-and-white mouse on the screen, and he'd taken me to see a Mickey Mouse cartoon."

Barry cherished an early ambition to join the family business and become a projectionist, but the combination of film and music made a deep impression on him. He began taking piano lessons with Francis Jackson, master of the music at York Minster, and studied with the jazz arranger Bill Russo, who had worked with Stan Kenton's orchestra. His father was a jazz fan, and would present concerts by such stars as Kenton and Count Basie.

After national service with the army, Barry formed his own jazz combo, the John Barry Seven, and scored a string of pop hits during the late 50s and early 60s, including Hit and Miss (the theme from TV's Juke Box Jury), Walk Don't Run and Black Stockings.

Barry thrived on the feverish wave of creativity that made London the world's most fascinating city at the time. He socialised with Michael Caine and Terence Stamp, collaborated with the pop stars Adam Faith and Nina & Frederik, and guaranteed himself the attention of gossip columnists by marrying the actress Jane Birkin. In 1960 he was asked to write music for the Peter Sellers/Richard Todd vehicle Never Let Go and then for the Faith comedy Beat Girl.

In 1962, he was signed up to work on the first Bond film, Dr No, although only as back-up to the composer Monty Norman, for a fee of £250. The official story is that Barry merely arranged Norman's famous James Bond Theme, and when Barry claimed in a Sunday Times interview many years later that he had written it himself, Norman successfully sued for libel and was awarded £30,000 in damages.

Subsequently there was no such ambiguity, as Barry's scores for From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) became popular the world over. Such was the potency of the Bond mystique that Barry's soundtrack album for Goldfinger knocked the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night off the top of the American charts in 1964, and earned the composer his first gold disc. He scored 10 consecutive Bond films and decided he had had enough after The Living Daylights (1987) because "all the good books had been done". 

In 1969, he scored John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, one of the first movies to use a selection of pop songs on the soundtrack. It was a technique that would be copied by countless imitators. "That movie is still shown at the cinema school at UCLA as the epitome of how songs should be used in the movies," Barry said in 1997. "We only bought in a couple of songs, Everybody's Talkin', sung by Harry Nilsson, and a John Lennon song, and for the rest we got young songwriters to score the scenes with songs. The songs work because they were written for the movie."

However, Barry always gave credit to the great classically influenced Hollywood film composers, such as Bernard Herrmann or Max Steiner, and echoes of their work would frequently bubble up in his own. Barry's music was used on the soundtracks of many other films – The Knack (1965), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The Lion in Winter (1968), Murphy's War (1971), The Day of the Locust (1975), Raise the Titanic (1980), Body Heat (1981), Jagged Edge (1985), Chaplin (1992), Dances With Wolves (1990) and Indecent Proposal (1993) – and he was a natural choice to write the theme for the Roger Moore/Tony Curtis TV series, The Persuaders!

He won five Oscars, including two for Born Free and one each for The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. He also won Bafta's Anthony Asquith award for The Lion in Winter, and a Grammy for Dances With Wolves. In 1998 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Barry had never needed a career boost, but during the 1990s he found himself being feted by a younger generation of artists, including David Arnold, who had stepped into the role of James Bond's personal composer for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Arnold masterminded the Shaken and Stirred album in homage to Barry's Bond music, and commented that "for me the success of the Bond series was 50% Sean Connery and 50% John Barry". Barry was delighted by Arnold's enthusiasm. "I think Shaken and Stirred is terrific. David Arnold has kept all the essence of the originals, and he's cast it beautifully with all the different performers. It has a real freshness and rhythmic impetus, which sounds very now."

A throat cancer scare in 1989 slowed Barry's work rate, but his ambition remained undimmed. In 1998 he released The Beyondness of Things, a "tone poem" unconnected to any film and which he presented as a concert piece. "It's amazing to work without film or without a director or producer," commented Barry, who was appointed OBE in 1999. "I love doing films, but it's been refreshing to work with such total freedom."

It was rumoured that Beyondness … had been derived from his rejected score for The Horse Whisperer, and a certain sameness of mood could be discerned creeping into his compositions. Perhaps recognising the need for fresh stimulus, he signed up to collaborate with the lyricist Don Black and director Michael Attenborough on a stage musical version of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, which had a short run in London in 2004. "I don't mind people going on about my past as long as I've still got a future," said Barry, "and I've got plenty of things coming up."

In 2006, Barry was executive producer on the album Here's to the Heroes by the Australian group the Ten Tenors. It featured several songs he had written with Black. The duo also wrote a new song, Our Time Is Now, for Shirley Bassey's 2009 album The Performance, their first for her since Diamonds Are Forever.

Barry, who had lived in Oyster Bay, New York state, since 1980, is survived by his fourth wife Laurie, their son Jonpatrick, and three daughters, Susie, Sian and Kate.

Eddi Fiegel writes: I wrote to John Barry in 1997 telling him I had been commissioned to write his biography. I heard nothing for months but then, just at the point when I had almost given up hope of a reply, I got a message on my answerphone saying, "This is John Barry. I'm in London working at Abbey Road studios. Why don't you come in and we can meet?"

He immediately put me at ease with a dry, self-deprecating humour and extraordinary personal charm. A few days later we had the first of many epic lunches at his favourite London restaurant, Rules, in Covent Garden.

He had an excellent memory and was a superb raconteur – a gift for a biographer. Like many artists he could also veer between insecurity and supreme confidence. When he arranged to play his first British concert in decades at the Albert Hall, he asked me: "Do you think people will come?"

Another day, however, I mentioned to him that an electronic dance act had recently recorded what they described as a tribute to his television theme to The Persuaders! I played it to him, curious to know what he would make of it. He listened in silence. Then after a pause, he said: "It's not as good as The Persuaders!, is it?"

• John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergast), composer and songwriter, born 3 November 1933; died 30 January 2011


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 02:05 PM

The Los Angeles Times "Pop & Hiss" music blog has a remembrance with links to several of Barry's compositions on YouTube: John Barry, composer of iconic James Bond music, dies; highlights of an amazing musical life


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 02:19 PM

Tom Cole of NPR remembers him especially for the theme to "Born Free": Remembering The Late Film Composer John Barry.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: GUEST,PAUL LANSLEY
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 07:21 PM

1971 aged 8 I watched the Persuaders it was great but the Music was outstanding, at 9 I bought my first record..it was John Barry film and TV soundtracks. I can tell you how many times I played it, the record had only one grove...but it cut a grove into me and since then I have loved Johns Music all scores and followed Davis Arnold also because he was correct...you could sit in a dark room and just listen to any of Johns Music and be just there.
John Barry you Will alway be remembered and forever, you were born to give us the free music and for us all we have all the time in the world for the most fantasic composser of moden day RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: bubblyrat
Date: 01 Feb 11 - 07:43 AM

Funny how one sometimes gets the wrong impression about film themes ; I always thought that "Dances With Wolves" was by John Williams, and that "Goldfinger" had something to do with Anthony Newley, or did he just write the lyrics ?? I heard that Newley was originally inspired to come up with something based on Henry Mancini's    "Moon River" !
Time can play tricks on the mind,however !


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 01 Feb 11 - 11:27 AM

One of the first LP's I bought in 1965 was 'Stringbeat' which consists of arrangements played in the 'Hit & Miss' style (lots of shimmering strings & pizzicato) which he also used with his Adam Faith backings.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Barry Jan 30 2011 born York England
From: Wesley S
Date: 01 Feb 11 - 01:01 PM

Speaking of "Goldfinger" - I was watching "It might get loud" - a documentry with Jimmy Page , the Edge and Jack White. And Jimmy Page mentioned that he was the guitarist on Goldfinger during his studio musician days. Interesting but not important- just like a lot of other facts in my brain.


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