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John Barry, RIP

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…

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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