John Barry (film composer; known for James Bond)

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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 scores 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 Grammy and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, 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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Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Robin And Marian John Barry 1
2008 Starcrash John Barry 1
2009 Until September John Barry 2
2009 Hanover Street John Barry 1
2010 The Day of the Locust John Barry 1
2010 The Deep John Barry 1
2010 The Whisperers / Equus John Barry / Richard Rodney Bennett 1
2011 The Golden Child John Barry & Michel Colombier 1
2013 First Love John Barry 1
2014 The Betsy John Barry 1
2015 The Dove John Barry 1
2015 Indecent Proposal John Barry 1
2016 The Day of the Locust John Barry 1
Beat Girl / Stringbeat John Barry feat. The John Barry Seven 1
High Road to China John Barry 1
Lolita, My Love (1971 Boston cast) John Barry & Alan Jay Lerner 1
Night Games John Barry 1
Passion Flower Hotel (original London cast) John Barry 1
They Might Be Giants John Barry 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Vendetta / The Danny Scipio Theme John Barry 1
1971 Theme From "The Persuaders" John Barry 1

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