John Barry RIP

He was so much more than “that James Bond music guy.” Here’s some John Barry music from the rather queer little movie, The Knack…and how to get it (1965).

And who could forget his theme for Midnight Cowboy?

John Barry Dies at 77; Composed for Bond Films

 

Discography

Films scores

Bond Films

Barry worked on the soundtracks for the following Bond films:

 Musicals

 Television themes

 Other works

  • Stringbeat (1961)
  • The Americans (1975)
  • The Beyondness of Things (1999)
  • Eternal Echoes (2001)
  • The Seasons – no release date set

 Hit singles

(Excludes co-composed hits, e.g. Duran Duran‘s A View to a Kill)

  • “Hit And Miss” as The John Barry Seven plus Four, UK#10 (first charted 1960)
  • “Beat For Beatniks” as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#40 (1960)
  • “Never Let Go” as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#49 (1960)
  • “Blueberry Hill” as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#34 (1960)
  • “Walk Don’t Run” as The John Barry Seven, UK#11 (1960)
  • “Black Stockings” as The John Barry Seven, UK#27 (1960)
  • The Magnificent Seven” as The John Barry Seven, UK#45 (1961)
  • “Cutty Sark” as The John Barry Seven, UK#35 (1962)
  • “The James Bond Theme” as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#13 (1962)
  • “From Russia With Love” as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#39 (1963)
  • “Theme From ‘The Persuaders'” as John Barry, UK#13 (1971)

The 4 highest-charting hits all spent more than 10 weeks in the UK top 50

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3 Responses to “John Barry RIP”

  1. The Ipcress File = AWESOME

  2. Quite an impressive oeuvre.
    But “Ecstasy” didn’t sound like its name. I love the Midnight Cowboy theme. And “Born Free,” well…what can I say?

  3. Dr. Kinbote Says:

    WTF ! didn’t he ever go to sleep? That is an awful lot of high quality music!
    Re film scores, how about Prokoffiev & the music for the beginning of the film Alexander Nevsky (subtitle “Under the Tatar Yoke”) Or, how about Richard Strauss ” Death & Transfiguration” for that scary boat passage through the rain forest in herzog’s Fitzcarraldo? Or Prokoffiev’s “Montagues & Capulets” & ihe march from “Love for Three Oranges” . both used for tv drama series? Lots of good stuff out there, but this guy really had “the Knack” for movie music.

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