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John Barry

John Barry Prendergast, (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 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 that 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. In 2001, Barry became a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and, in 2005, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there until his death in 2011.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 3rd, 1933 (York), Died January 30th, 2011 (Oyster Bay)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1965

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, conductor, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 116097 early 1965 Main title theme John Barry composer, arranger, conductor  
Decca 116098 early 1965 Alone in three-quarter time John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116099 early 1965 Meeting with Grantby and fight John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116100 early 1965 Jazz along alone John Barry arranger, composer, conductor  
Decca 116101 early 1965 The death of Carswell John Barry conductor, arranger, composer  
Decca 116102 early 1965 A man alone (Latin version) John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116103 early 1965 A man alone (jazz version) John Barry composer, conductor, arranger  
Decca 116104 early 1965 If you're not clean, I'll kill you John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116105 early 1965 Alone blues John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116106 early 1965 Goodbye Harry, part 1 John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116107 early 1965 Goodbye Harry, part 2 John Barry conductor, composer, arranger  
Decca 116108 early 1965 A man alone (Instrumental) John Barry composer, conductor, arranger  
Decca 116224 6/16/1965 A man alone (Latin version) John Barry arranger, composer, conductor  
Decca 116225 6/16/1965 A man alone (Jazz version) John Barry composer, arranger, conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barry, John," accessed May 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200578.

Barry, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200578.

"Barry, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200578

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