John Barry (composer; known for James Bond and other soundtracks)

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John Barry Prendergast, OBE (/ˈbæri/; 3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the scores to the award winning films Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999 he was appointed OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.

Born in York, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas owned by his father. During his national service with the British Army in Cyprus, Barry began performing as a musician after learning to play the trumpet. Upon completing his national service, he formed his own band in 1957, The John Barry Seven. He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. This started a successful association between Barry and Eon Productions which lasted for 25 years.

He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986. Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2005. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there for the remainder of his life until his death in 2011.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1968 John Barry Conducts His Greatest Movie Hits 1
1983 Stringbeat 1
1998 Ready When You Are, J.B. 1
2006 Film Music by John Barry 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 The Film Music of John Barry Compilation 1
1991 Great TV and Film Hits Compilation 1
1991 The Best of John Barry Compilation 1
1992 Moviola Compilation 2
1992 The Best of Big Movie Hits Compilation 1
1993 John Barry - The EMI Years, Volume 2 Compilation 1
1995 Cinema Gold Compilation 1
1997 Themeology: The Best of John Barry Compilation 1
1998 Les plus belles musiques de films Compilation 1
1999 Zulu Compilation 1
1999 The Best of the EMI Years Compilation 1
2001 John Barry: The Collection Compilation 2
2001 The Ultimate John Barry Compilation 1
2007 Themependium Compilation 1
2007 The Very Best of John Barry Compilation 1
Bond: Back in Action (The City of Prague Philharmonic feat. conductor: Nic Raine) Compilation 1
Moviola II: Action and Adventure Compilation 1
The Collection: 40 Years of Film Music Compilation 1
The Hits & The Misses Compilation 1
The Music Of Compilation 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1960 Beat Girl Soundtrack 1
1963 From Russia With Love Soundtrack 6
1964 Goldfinger Soundtrack 6
1965 Thunderball Soundtrack 5
1965 The Ipcress File Soundtrack 2
1966 Born Free Soundtrack 3
1966 The Quiller Memorandum Soundtrack 3
1966 The Wrong Box Soundtrack 4
1967 You Only Live Twice Soundtrack 4
1968 The Lion in Winter Soundtrack 3
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service Soundtrack 5
1972 Diamonds Are Forever Soundtrack 2
1974 Billy (1974 original London cast) Soundtrack 1
1974 The Dove Soundtrack 1
1974 The Man With the Golden Gun Soundtrack 4
1976 King Kong Soundtrack 5
1978 Game of Death Soundtrack 2
1978 Walkabout Soundtrack 1
1979 Moonraker Soundtrack 5
1979 The Black Hole Soundtrack 5
1980 Somewhere in Time Soundtrack 3
1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Soundtrack 1
1983 Octopussy Soundtrack 5
1983 The Golden Seal Soundtrack 2
1985 A View to a Kill Soundtrack 4
1985 Out of Africa Soundtrack 5 5

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