Lawrence Reginald Ward Johnson, 7 February 1927, Hampstead, London, England. A band leader, musical director, and composer for the stage, television and films, Johnson studied at the Royal College Of Music in London, and spent four years in the Coldstream Guards, before establishing himself on the UK entertainment scene in the late 50s and 60s. One of his first major projects early in 1959, was to write the music, and act as musical director, for Lock Up Your Daughters, a musical adaptation of Henry Fieldings Rape Upon Rape, which opened Bernard Miles Mermaid Theatre in the City of London. Johnsons score, in collaboration with lyricist Lionel Bart, won an Ivor Novello Award. The show returned to the Mermaid in 1969 for a 10th anniversary season, and also played around the world, including a spell at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, USA. The film version omitted the songs and featured a score by Ron Grainer. Johnsons other work for...
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