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 the Star Wars series, the first two Jaws films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln. He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all of Spielberg's feature films except The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies.

Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the NBC Nightly News, the Statue of Liberty's rededication, 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. Williams has also composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments, and he served as the Boston Pops Orchestra's principal conductor from 1980-93; he is now the orchestra's conductor laureate.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. With 49 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. Williams was honored with the annual Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards, recognizing his contribution to film and television music. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Music from Other Galaxies and Planets Don Ellis 1
1984 Star Tracks Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
1984 Time Warp Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 2
1987 Pomp & Pizazz Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1987 Star Tracks II Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1987 Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
1988 American Jubilee Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel 1
1988 Official Album of Disneyland and Walt Disney World Various Artists 5 2
1990 The Planets Gustav Holst; New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 4
1991 I Love a Parade Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1991 Hollywood Dreams Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri 1
1993 John Philip Sousa and Other March Kings: Favorites From the Classics Various Artists 1
1994 The Great Fantasy-Adventure Album Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 4 3
1994 Clásicos Divertidos Various Artists 1
1994 Hollywood '94 Joel McNeely & Seattle Symphony Orchestra 1
1995 Journey to the Stars Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri 2
1995 Space-Taculars Various Artists 1
1995 Synthesizer Hits, Volume One: Tubular Bells Various Artists 1
1995 War Film Themes Starshine Orchestra & Singers 1
1996 Those Fabulous Hollywood Marches Lalo Schifrin 1
1996 Wish Upon a Star: All-Time Children's Favorites Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1997 American Visions Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart 1
1997 70's - Les meilleurs génériques des séries T.V. américaines (Best of) Various Artists 1
1997 Hollywood Filmhits: Die lange Kulmbacher Filmnacht Various Artists 1
1997 Knuffel Klassiek Various Artists 1
1997 Nick at Nite Goes to Outer Space Various Artists 1
1997 No Strings Attached Kansas City Brass 1
1999 Superman: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 2
1999 The Y2K Album Various Artists 1
1999 Priorities Gary Pickus 1
2000 Devil's Dance Gil Shaham, Jonathan Feldman 2
2000 Star Wars: The Sound of Hollywood Hollywood Bowl Orchestra / John Mauceri 1
2000 Hollywood Goes to War: Music from the Great American War Films City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2000 Musicals, Movies and Military The Belgian Guides 1
2001 Themes From Outer Space Various Artists 1
2001 Brigitte Wellness - Power und Energie Various Artists 1
2001 Music from the Galaxies Ettore Stratta & London Symphony Orchestra 1
2001 Disneyland Park: The Official Album Various Artists 1
2002 Addicted to Movies Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Telarc Classical - Celebrating 25 Years Various Artists 1
2002 Classical Vitality Various Artists 2
2003 Epics Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2004 Gomalan Brass Quintet Gomalan Brass Quintet 1
2004 Simply Celtic Moods Various Artists 1
2005 Filmharmonic Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Music From the Harry Potter Films City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 2
2006 Filmharmonic II Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Vienna Horns Vienna Horns 1
2007 Filmharmonic III Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2007 Symphonic Brass Black Dyke Band 1

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