John Barry

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Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jonathan Barry Prendergast, 3 November 1933, York, England. Renowned as one of the leading composers of film soundtrack music, Barry began his career leading the John Barry Seven. This rousing instrumental unit enjoyed several notable UK hits between 1960 and 1962, the best known of which were ‘Hit And Miss’ and a version of the Ventures’ Walk Don’t Run’ (both 1960). The former, which reached number 11 in the UK charts, was the theme to Juke Box Jury, BBC Television’s long-running record release show. Barry made regular appearances on several early pop programmes, including Oh, Boy! and Drumbeat and also enjoyed concurrent fame as a writer and arranger, scoring the distinctive pizzicato strings on numerous Adam Faith hits including the number 1 ‘What Do You Want’ (1959) and ‘Poor Me’ (on which you can hear strong shades of the ‘James Bond Theme’ in the arrangement). Barry also composed the soundtrack to...

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