Tuesday, February 1, 2011
John Barry: R.I.P.
Born in York in the north of England in 1933, Barry was schooled in church music by the organist of York Minster cathedral. He went on to form his John Barry Seven jazz band, which had several hits before he was hired to arrange Monty Norman’s famous James Bond signature tune in 1962. Don Black, who wrote the lyrics for Thunderball and several other Bond theme tunes, tells me: “John had his signature on everything he did. You listen to one of his scores and you think, that’s John Barry – just the same as when you hear Sinatra sing. He was a brilliant musical dramatist who could just lock in to the emotion on screen.”
Note: An insight into how Barry worked with film makers can be found in the "extra" materials on the Dancing With Wolves DVD.
Thanks John Barry for some breathtaking musical images on the big screen and being a integral part of some of the most beloved films of all time.