John Barry, (November 3, 1933 – January 30, 2011), film composer, band leader.

John Barry was born in York, England. After starting out as a classical pianist and trumpet player, he formed his own group, the John Barry Seven. He eventually switched to composing and arranging. He is best known for composing the soundtracks to 11 of the earliest James Bond films, including arranging the famous James Bond theme. (The authorship of the theme has been contested. Barry contended that he composed the theme, based off of a fragment by Monty Norman, who is credited with its composition). Barry wrote almost a hundred film scores, as well as dozens of television scores and five musicals. He won five Academy Awards for his scores to Born Free (Best Score and Best Original Song), The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances With Wolves, several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, and Grammy Awards for Midnight Cowboy and Dances With Wolves. He was also elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, John Barry: The Man With the Midas Touch, a biography of the composer, was published. He died at his home in New York from a heart attack. Noted film composer Carter Burwell, who has scored all the Coen Brothers movies, stated:

“John Barry was my hero when I was about 13. His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.”

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