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John Barry

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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: November 3, 1933 | Died: January 30, 2011    

John Barry, the Academy Award-winning film composer whose idiosyncratic and iconic compositions over the course of a lifetime in the movies -- including some of the best known James Bond music and the themes to “Midnight Cowboy,” and “Out of Africa,” among dozens of others.

The British-born composer not only helped define the feel of the Bond films but crafted music that served as a 1960s soundtrack to a new kind of jet-setting lifestyle. With his wildly adventurous arrangements and instrumentation, his music's devil-may-care feel will forever be connected to fashionably mod cocktail lounges of the era....
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Awards

Awards and nominations

Five Academy Awards

1967 Best Original Song for "Born Free" from Born Free

1967 Best Original Music Score for Born Free

1969 Best Original Music Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical) for The Lion in Winter

1986 Best Original Score for Out of Africa

1991 Best Original Score for Dances with Wolves

Academy Award nominations

1972 Best Original Dramatic Score for Mary, Queen of Scots

1993 Best Original Score for Chaplin Grammy Award

1992 Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for Dances with Wolves BAFTA Award 1969 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music for The Lion in Winter BAFTA Fellowship Award

2005 BAFTA nominations

1987 Best Score for Out of Africa

1992 Best Original Score for Dances with Wolves

Emmy Award nominations

1964 Outstanding Achievement in Composing Original Music for Television for Elizabeth Taylor in London (a 1963 television special)

1977 Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Max Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the City of Vienna)

2009 Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

  • The Concert

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    2010
  • Follow Me! (Original Soundtrack Score)

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    2009
  • The Chase

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    2004
  • The Ipcress File (Original Soundtrack)

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    2002
  • Eternal Echoes

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    2001
  • The Knack (Original Motion Picture Score)

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    2001
  • The Ultimate

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    2001
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