Roy Budd

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


14 March 1947, Mitcham, Surrey, England, d. 7 August 1993. A self-taught pianist, Budd appeared on television and in London’s theatreland when only 12 years old. In his teenage years he formed a trio that at one time included bass player Dave Holland, and was for a time house pianist at one of London’s leading jazz venues, the Bull’s Head at Barnes. He continued to appear on television and on stage and was soon lured to write music for films, first in the UK and, later, in Hollywood. In addition to writing film scores, Budd also composed classical music. His scores included Soldier Blue (1970), Get Carter (1971), Fear Is The Key (1972), The Internicine Project (1975), The Wild Geese (1978), Field Of Honor (1984), and in the 90s he scored for the re-release of the silent classic, Phantom Of The Opera. In the 70s he married singer Caterina Valente but they were later divorced. His sudden death, from a brain haemorrhage, came while he was still at work...

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