John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

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Legal name: John Towner Williams


John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, to many of the highest-grossing films of all-time, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for the majority of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island. Williams has composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments; he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, 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. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight movies in the Top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

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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
1985 Music From Alfred Hitchcock Films The Utah Symphony Orchestra, Charles Ketcham 1
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 I 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 3
1990 The Planets Gustav Holst; New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 4
1991 Classic Film Scores Various Artists 1
1991 Hollywood Dreams Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri 1
1992 Horror and Science Fiction Film Music Various Artists 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 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 Nick at Nite Goes to Outer Space Various Artists 1
1997 No Strings Attached Kansas City Brass 1
1998 Berceuses & jeux interdits Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 1
1999 Superman: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 2
1999 A Splash of Pops (Keith Lockhart) Boston Pops Orchestra 1
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
2003 Hal Lifson's 1966! Various Artists 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 3
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
2007 The Ultimate Classical Album 2008 Various Artists 1
2007 Great Movie Themes Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis 1
2007 Music From the Gods Various Artists 1
2008 20th Century Concerti Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra, David Snell 1
2008 The Essential Harry Potter Film Music Collection City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2009 American Spectrum Branford Marsalis, Branford Marsalis Quartet, North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn 1
2009 Schindler's List Orcheste Symphonique Bienne, Thomas Rösner, Alexandre da Costa 1
2009 Great Movie Themes 2 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis 1
2009 Children's Classics Various Artists 1
2009 The Crystal Album [15 Years] Modern Sound[s] Orchestra 1
2010 Moviebrass Gomalan Brass Quintet 1
2010 Summer Night Concert, Schönbrunn 2010: Moon / Planets / Stars Yefim Bronfman, Wiener Philharmoniker, Franz Welser-Möst 1
2011 Sound the Bells! The Bay Brass 1
2012 Fellini! E più Die Österreichischen Salonisten 1
2012 The Silver Violin Nicola Benedetti 1
2013 La création du monde Claude Delangle, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Christian Lindberg 1
2013 The Symphonic Album - Live! Modern Sound[s] Orchestra 1
2014 Carnets de Voyage Nemanja Radulović 1
2015 Ein Potpourri Reservistenmusikzug Niedersachsen 1
Skyliner! Williams Fairey Band 1
Synthesizer - Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Wispering (The Mantovani Orchestra) Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Tomita's Greatest Hits 冨田勲 3
1982 Soundtrack Memories: Great Themes From the Movies Various Artists 1
1984 Big Screen Sound Various Artists 1
1984 Listen to the Future, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1984 Telarc Sampler, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1985 Television’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1: From the 50’s and 60’s Various Artists 1
1986 Television's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1986 Television’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2: More From the 50’s & 60’s Various Artists 1
1987 Telarc Sampler, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1988 1988 Summer Olympics Album: One Moment in Time Various Artists 4 2
1989 20 Space Themes - Back to the Future The Allen Toussaint Orchestra 3 1
1989 Classic Marches Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
1989 Science Fiction Movie Themes G.S.O. 3 2
1989 The Prince and the Pauper and Other Film Music Various Artists 1
1989 The Studio 2 Selection Various Artists 1
1990 Merry Christmas Everybody Various Artists 1
1990 Piano: Jazz 'round Midnight Various Artists 1
1990 Signatures: The Best of Telarc Various Artists 1
1991 Instrumental Magic Various Artists 1
1992 Telarc Collection Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1992 Scary Movie Music Various Artists 1
1992 Dirty Harry Heroes and Tough Guys at the Movies Various Artists 1
1992 Star Wars / 2001: A Space Odyssey / Classic Symphonic Film Music Various Artists 1
1992 Super Galactic Movie Hits Various Artists 1
1993 Music From the Films of Audrey Hepburn Various Artists 1

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