John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

Annotation last modified on 2012-05-10 20:35 UTC.

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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music John Williams 1
2004 Encore! John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
2004 The Harry Potter Collection John Williams 1
2005 The Greatest Works of John Williams John Williams 1
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of John Williams & The Boston Pops John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
2006 Jazz Beginnings John T. Williams 1
2006 Film Music by John Williams John Williams 1
2009 John Williams Soundtracks John Williams 1
2010 The Music of America: John Williams John Williams 5 1
2010 Classic FM: Star Wars Suite and Other Great Film Music John Williams 1
2011 Holst: The Planets / Williams: Star Wars Suite Gustav Holst, John Williams; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 2
2012 Tribute to John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration John Williams 1
2015 John Williams Conducts Music From Star Wars Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
John Williams: The Great Movie Soundtracks John Williams, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman 1
Modern Legendary Composers John Williams 1
Selections From Cinema Serenade Itzhak Perlman, John Williams, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra 1
The Classic Film Music of John Williams John Williams 1
The Dream Goes On (Greatest Hits) John Williams; Orlando Pops Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology John Williams 3.5 1
2000 Penelope / Don't Make Waves Johnny Williams / Vic Mizzy 1
2002 American Journey John Williams 3
2005 Penelope / Bachelor in Paradise Johnny Williams / Henry Mancini 1
2005 Jericho / The Ghostbreaker Jerry Goldsmith / Johnny Williams 1
2005 The Accidental Tourist / Stanley and Iris John Williams 1
2007 Star Wars: The Corellian Edition John Williams 1
2007 The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition John Williams 5 1
2008 Superman: The Music (1978-1988) John Williams / Ken Thorne / Alexander Courage / Ron Jones 3 1
2008 Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection John Williams 4.4 1
2011 Nightwatch / Killer by Night Johnny Williams / Quincy Jones 1
2012 The Music of John Williams: The Definitive Collection John Williams 1
2012 Star Wars - A Musical Anthology John Williams 2
2016 Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection John Williams 3
La saga de las galaxias (La guerra de las galaxias, El imperio contraataca, El retorno del Jedi) John Williams 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 On Willows and Birches John Williams; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot, Shi-Yeon Sung 5 1
2013 Oboe Concerto John Williams; Keisuke Wakao, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
2015 Opening Gala Concert: A John Williams Celebration John Williams; Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Itzhak Perlman 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Checkmate Johnny Williams 2
1963 Diamond Head Johnny Williams 4
1966 How to Steal a Million Johnny Williams 6
1966 Not With My Wife, You Don't! Johnny Williams 3
1967 Fitzwilly Johnny Williams 4
1968 Valley of the Dolls Dory and André Previn, John Williams 2
1968 Heidi Johnny Williams 3
1969 The Reivers John Williams 4
1971 Jane Eyre John Williams 9
1972 Images John Williams 3
1973 Cinderella Liberty John Williams 3
1973 The Cowboys John Williams 3
1974 Earthquake John Williams 2
1974 The Towering Inferno John Williams 6
1975 Jaws John Williams 4 7
1975 The Eiger Sanction John Williams 3
1976 The Missouri Breaks John Williams 6
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 6
1977 Star Wars: A New Hope John Williams 3.65 18
1978 Jaws 2 John Williams 4
1978 Superman: The Movie John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra 5 7
1978 The Fury John Williams 4
1979 1941 John Williams 6
1979 Dracula John Williams 3
1980 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back John Williams 4 10
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark John Williams 7
1981 Thomas and the King John Williams 3
1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial John Williams 5 17
1983 Music From the John Williams Score: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi John Williams; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 2
1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi John Williams 4 7
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom John Williams 5
1984 The River John Williams 2
1986 SpaceCamp John Williams 4
1987 Empire of the Sun John Williams 5
1987 The Witches of Eastwick John Williams 6
1989 The Accidental Tourist John Williams 4
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade John Williams 4 7
1990 Always John Williams 2
1990 Presumed Innocent John Williams 3
1990 Stanley & Iris John Williams 3
1990 Home Alone John Williams 6
1991 Hook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 4 8
1992 JFK John Williams 3
1992 Far and Away John Williams 2
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York John Williams 6
1993 Jurassic Park: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 4 8
1993 Schindler’s List John Williams 5 5
1994 Music for Stage and Screen John Williams, Aaron Copland; The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 2
1995 Sabrina John Williams 1
1995 Nixon John Williams 3
1996 Sleepers John Williams 2
1996 Land of the Giants John Williams 2
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park John Williams 3 1
1997 Seven Years in Tibet John Williams 3
1997 The Time Tunnel John Williams / George Duning 1
1997 Lost In Space, Volume One John Williams 1
1997 Lost in Space, Volume Two John Williams 1
1997 Amistad John Williams 3
1997 Monsignor / The Missouri Breaks John Williams 1
1997 Rosewood John Williams 3
1998 Saving Private Ryan: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 2
1998 The Paper Chase / The Poseidon Adventure John Williams 1
1998 Midway John Williams 3
1998 Superman: The Movie (re-recording) John Williams; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, John Debney 2

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