Posted in music on January 31, 2011

John Barry

"Composer John Barry has died at the age of 77, following an illustrious career which encompassed work on The Ipcress file, Midnight Cowboy, Zulu, Born Free and Dances With Wolves.

His family announced in a statement: "It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on the 30th of January 2011 in New York.

"Mr Barry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Laurie, and his four children and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be strictly private and a memorial service will be held later this year in the UK."

Among Barry's most celebrated work is his contribution to the James Bond franchise. His association with 007 began with Dr No, when he arranged Monty Norman's score.

He went on to produce memorable musical backdrops for Diamonds are Forever, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Live Twice." [The Register]

Listen some John's music below...

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The girl with the sun in her hair

John Barry - Greatest Hits

Indecent Proposal Theme

"Born Free"

The Midnight Cowboy Theme

You Only Live Twice (Instrumental)

RIP John

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Comments (7)

Time to bring out the old vinyl soundtracks of the Bond film soundtracks. "From Russia With Love" still remains one of his all-time classics in terms of depth, arrangement, and epicness. RIP

Posted by citybug | January 31, 2011 8:42 AM

RIP John

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 8:55 AM

all these old dudes are dying.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 9:04 AM

One of my favorites.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 10:02 AM

Oh, really bad news for today :/ Another really talented man died...five Oscars speak for themselves...

Posted by Shena | February 1, 2011 12:17 AM

He was the king!! May he rest in peace.....

Posted by Garry | February 1, 2011 7:01 AM

RIP John.

Say what you want about the trashers on this site, but every article I've seen here of someone's passing has always been commented with respect and condolences.

Respect indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2011 11:37 AM

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