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John Barry, Movie and TV Composer, Dies at 77

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 31st 2011 5:12AM
John Barry, Feb. 2005Sad news today for fans of classic movie and TV scores: Legendary composer John Barry has died, aged 77.

The news first came from current 'Bond' composer David Arnold, who announced via Twitter, that "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that John Barry passed away this morning."

Arnold went on to pay tribute to his predecessor: "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

The BBC confirmed reports of his death early Monday morning, citing relatives who said that Barry had died of a heart attack in New York on Sunday.

Born in York, England, Barry won the first of his five Oscars in 1967, for Best Original Song and Best Score for 'Born Free'. He also went on to compose the score for the spin-off TV series. 'Born Free' star Virginia McKenna told the BBC that Barry was "a wonderful musician and composer".

Barry went on to win Academy Awards for his work on 'Out of Africa,' 'Dances With Wolves' and 'The Lion in Winter,' and he was nominated for 'Mary, Queen of Scots' and 'Chaplin.' He also won a Grammy for 'Dances With Wolves' and a Golden Globe for 'Out of Africa.'

Barry's best-known for his iconic work on the 'James Bond' movie franchise. He composed the soundtracks for 11 'Bond' films, including 'Goldfinger,' 'Diamonds are Forever' and 'A View to a Kill,' and his 'Bond' compositions were introduced to younger audiences via cover versions by The Propellerheads and Robbie Williams.

Although Barry is most famous for his movie compositions, he also wrote the themes for several TV series in the 1960s and '70s. He was twice nominated for Emmy Awards, for the TV special, 'Elizabeth Taylor in London' and for 'Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.' He also wrote the themes for UK hit show 'Juke Box Jury' and the Tony Curtis-Roger Moore spy adventure series, 'The Persuaders.'

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January 31 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It appears that John scored alot more than the rest of us.

January 31 2011 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rest in peace John! Love your scores!

January 31 2011 at 8:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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