Birthday greetings to composer extraordinaire John Barry, who turns 75 today! A five-time Oscar winner, Barry is best known for his lush, epic, often melancholic film scores. When I think back to being a 10-year-old sitting in that dark theater watching the 1976 remake of King Kong, even then I could tell that much of the film's epic power and sense of romantic doom was a direct product of Barry's score.
Barry, of course, defined the "sound" of James Bond, scoring eleven films: From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), Moonraker (1979), Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985), and The Living Daylights (1987), in which Barry had a cameo.
Variety celebrates his birthday with several articles about Barry's career in films, television, and theater:
Composer with the midas touch
Five oscars reflect his elegant simplicity
John Barry reflects on 10 of his scores
'Goldfinger' 'Midnight Cowboy' reconsidered
Barry succeeds in theater and TV
Obscure works attest to composer's ambition
Collaborators reflect on John Barry
Scores continue to move filmmakers
John Barry invented the spy movie score
Unique arrangements ushered in a new genre
John Barry at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
John Barry at the Internet Movie Database
John Barry at The Danish Filmmusic Society (DFS)
Biography of John Barry
Official Somewhere In Time Website
Filmtracks' Tribute to John Barry
John Barry: A Life in Music
John Barry discography at SoundtrackCollector.com
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