John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter films. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all save five of Spielberg's feature films.

Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the original, not-as-well-known, calypso-based theme song to Gilligan's Island. He has composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments, and he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor (1980–93), and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. He will receive the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award. Williams composed the soundtrack for eight movies in the Top 20 highest grossing films at the US Box Office (adjusted for inflation).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The John Towner Touch John Towner 2
1957 World on a String John Williams 3
1974 Music for Cello and Piano Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, David Ward-Steinman; Edgar Lustgarten, John Williams 2
1978 Music From John Williams' Classic Film Scores: Close Encounters of the Third Kind / Star Wars John Williams; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 5
1980 Pops in Space John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2 4
1980 Pops on the March John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1980 That's Entertainment John Williams & Boston Pops 2
1982 Aisle Seat: Great Film Music John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 3
1983 On Stage John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1983 The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi John Williams; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian 4
1983 Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto John Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, Mark Peskanov, Peter Lloyd, Leonard Slatkin 2
1984 Swing, Swing, Swing John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 3
1984 With a Song in My Heart Jessye Norman, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1986 Bernstein by Boston Bernstein; Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 2
1986 The Planets Gustav Holst; Boston Pops, John Williams 1
1987 Digital Jukebox John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1988 The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite John Williams 4
1989 Pops Britannia Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1989 The Best of John Williams John Williams; Philharmonic Rock Orchestra, Richard Hayman 2
1990 Pops A La Russe John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1990 Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway 1990 The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 2
1990 We Wish You a Merry Christmas John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1990 John Williams Conducts John Williams: The Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) John Williams; The Skywalker Symphony, John Williams 3
1991 I Love a Parade The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1991 The Greatest Music of John Williams John Williams 1
1992 Kid Stuff: An Afternoon at the Movies John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1992 Joy to the World John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1992 Over the Rainbow: Songs From the Movies John Williams 1
1992 The Green Album Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1993 Unforgettable John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1993 Night and Day John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1993 Kino Klassiker John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1994 It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing! John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1995 Salute to America Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1995 Space-Taculars The Boston Pops, John Williams 2
1995 Space and Time John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1996 Summon the Heroes John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra 6
1996 Cinema Serenade Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 2
1997 Romance Classics Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, Arthur Fiedler 1
1997 The Hollywood Sound London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 1
1997 John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees / Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain John Williams, Alan Hovhaness; London Symphony Orchestra, Judith LeClair, John Williams 2
1998 From Sousa to Spielberg John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1998 Gershwin Fantasy George Gershwin; Joshua Bell, London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 1
1998 The Magic of John Williams John Williams; Orlando Pops Orchestra 1
1999 Keisuke Wakao Plays Music of John Williams John Williams; 若尾圭介 1
1999 A Tribute to the Music of Star Wars John Williams 3
1999 Cinema Serenade 2: The Golden Age Boston Pops Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, John Williams 1
1999 Music of the Star Wars-Saga John Williams 1
2001 American Classics John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
2001 TreeSong / Violin Concerto / 3 Pieces from Schindler's List John Williams; Gil Shaham, Boston Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 2

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