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It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of the TV, stage and record producer, Jack Good, aged 86.
Jack had an enormous influence on British popular music in the late 50s and early 60s, particularly on TV, and it was in the latter category that he first encountered John Barry.
Jack had launched Six-Five Special on an unsuspecting but grateful nation in February 1957. Within a few weeks it became a hugely successful show and as such it was no surprise that it came to the notice of John Barry.
Barry, who had made a demo recording in London as singer/leader of his group, The John Barry Seven, sent a copy to Jack and asked for an audition. Having first decided against it because of the presence of Don Lang & his Frantic Five on the show, Jack changed his mind a few weeks later and hired the band for several appearances.
Adam Faith was another protégé of Jack's, and when he launched an ultimately short-lived stage show of Six-Five Special, he hired both Faith and The John Barry Seven -- a meeting that would have greater significance the following year.
After leaving the TV show in early 1958 following a disagreement with the BBC over its policy, Jack hired the band again for Oh Boy!, his new show for commercial television.
They appeared on ten occasions and apparently would have appeared more often, were it not for the limitations of the stage at The Hackney Empire from where the show was broadcast. Jack's idea was for the JB7 to appear on stage permanently, along with house band Lord Rockingham's XI, so he could switch seamlessly from band to band, depending on the singer, without interruption to the music, but the stage wasn't big enough.
The JB7 and Faith moved on to BBC's Drumbeat series in April 1959, just before Oh Boy! finished its first series. A planned second series did not materialise but Jack produced further shows for commercial TV in Boy Meets Girls & Wham!. He attempted to hire The JB7 once again, for Wham!, but could not come to terms with their agent, Eve Taylor.
Just a few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of a "found" episode of Oh Boy! Jack Good wasn't there -- to nobody's surprise -- since he has seldom appeared in public since ending his TV career several years ago. However, despite his old age and occasional bouts of ill-health it still came as a shock to learn of his death following a fall.
The DJ and presenter, Pete Murray, did attend the Oh Boy! screening, and he described Jack as the best ever producer of TV pop music shows. Pete didn't work with Jack on Oh Boy! but he certainly did on many episodes of Six-Five Special, and it's hard to argue with his opinion.
I have only seen three episodes of Oh Boy! but that's enough to appreciate Jack's genius of capturing pop music as it was in that era. Many other TV pop shows have followed but none have matched the sheer excitement of singers and groups playing "live" on Oh Boy!, with the innovative camera work and lighting helping to create 25 minutes of non-stop action.
Jack had a brief stint for US TV, producing Shindig!, and also played minor roles in a few films, before returning to the UK and producing stage musicals, such as Oh Boy!, Elvis the Musical and Catch My Soul (loosely based on Othello), with varying degrees of success.
In later years he appeared to lose interest in TV and after becoming a Roman Catholic, lived something of a reclusive life in New Mexico where he also painted.
More recently he returned to the UK and lived on his son's farm in Oxfordshire. He died at home on Sunday night, 24th September 2017. RIP Jack, and thanks for the memories.
Walkabout is being shown at BFI Southbank, London
Well worth seeing on the big screen.
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21st November 2050 Studio
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Body Heat is being shown at BFI South Bank, London
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22nd October NFT3 1720
Well worth seeing on the big screen.
Bryan Forbes' 1962 film, 'The L Shaped Room' is being shown at this year's London Film Festival in the 'British Treasures' section.Features two original pieces composed for the jazz club sequences.
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15th October 18.10 NFT3
Sunday 16 July 2017
19-21 Guildhall Rd,
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is offering you the chance to hear some of the best; from the classic sweeping strings of Out Of Africa, [...] Joining the Orchestra for a special tribute to the composer John Barry will be the sensational singer Alison Jiear, who dazzled audiences on Britain’s Got Talent and starred in Cinderella at Royal & Derngate in 2015. She and the Orchestra will perform some of Barry’s best-known works, including the iconic themes from the Bond films Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.
• 4K restoration from the original negative
(4K means that the transfer is a 4K scan - on a blu-ray it is of course reflected as 1080p)
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
• Arthur Penn on ‘The Chase’ (1996, tbc mins): previously unseen footage from Paul Joyce’s documentary Marlon Brando: The Wild One
• Matthew Penn on ‘The Chase’ (2017, tbc mins): a new interview with director Arthur Penn’s son
• James Fox on ‘The Chase’ (2017, tbc mins): the renowned actor interviewed by Richard Ayoade
• Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation
• Isolated Score: experience John Barry’s original soundtrack music
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Christina Newland, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
• More TBC
BBFC cert: 15
On the 20th June The York Civic Trust honoured John with the award of a Blue Plaque, affixed to the wall of The Pavilion Hotel, Fulford. The hotel was formerly Fulford House, where John lived with his family from 1944 to 1958, at which point he departed for London and fame and fortune.
The plaque was unveiled by John's son, Jonpatrick, who had travelled from America with his mother, Laurie, for the ceremony. They were joined by several members of the Prendergast family, including John's niece and great-nieces, who still live locally.
David Fraser, chief executive of the trust, said: "John Barry lived in what became the Pavilion Hotel from his teens into his twenties.
John learned music from his mother Doris, who was a concert pianist, and from Francis Jackson, the organist at York Minster.
He went on to compose film music that made him world famous, and was globally important – and that all originated here in York."
Dr Fraser added that the Pavilion Hotel was delighted to have the plaque installed, which is easily visible to passers-by.
New Plaque - John Barry
On 20 June a new Trust plaque will be unveiled, celebrating John Barry (Prendergast), the famous film music writer, 1933-2011.The plaque is on the Pavilion Hotel, Fulford, once the Prendergasts' home.
(as found on http://yorkcivictrust.co.uk/)
Over the past few years stories have circulated suggesting that John Barry did not arrange and conduct Matt Monro's 1972 single comprising of "This Way Mary" & "Wish Now Was Then", both based on themes from Mary, Queen of Scots.
The instigator of these stories may have been Richard Moore, the Audio Restoration specialist, in his book about the recordings of Matt Monro, which was part of a special edition of a biography of Matt written by his daughter, Michele.
Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 WIEN
Samstag 2 Dezember 2017
Dieses Galakonzert lässt 53 Jahre Bond-Movies live und auf großer Kinoleinwand Revue passieren. Von John Barrys «Goldfinger», «Thunderball» und «Diamonds Are Forever» über «Licence To Kill», «A View To A Kill» und «Goldeneye» bis hin zu «Skyfall» und dem Song des bislang letzten Bond-Streifens, «Writings On The Wall». Spezielle Arrangements für großes Symphonieorchester garantieren neben den Star-Interpreten einen unvergesslichen Abend.
Am 2. und 3. Dezember 2017 werden die legendären Songs und Scores aus den Bond-Movies von den Star-Interpreten Maya Hakvoort, Nazide Aylin und Sandra Pires im Wiener Konzerthaus präsentiert. Dabei werden sie von einem großen Symphonieorchester, ergänzt durch Top-Instrumentalsolisten für den speziellen Bond-Sound, begleitet, während die berühmten Filmszenen auf eine Leinwand projiziert werden. Die Arrangements stammen vom musikalischen Leiter der Galakonzerte, Alex Johansson. Als besonderes Highlight wird Stargast Conchita ihre Lieblings-Bondsongs interpretieren.
The Best of John Barry: Bond and Beyond
Thursday 16 Nov 2017
Royal Festival Hall,
Address: Belvedere Road,
London, SE1 8XX
Nicholas Dodd conductor
Barry Goldfinger (1964)
Barry Main Theme, Zulu
Barry On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) We Have All the Time in the World
Barry Somewhere in Time
Barry The Persuaders
Barry Mary, Queen of Scots
Barry Midnight Cowboy
Barry Suite, Dances with Wolves
Barry Born Free
Barry All Time High, Octopussy (1983)
Barry Theme, Out of Africa (1985)
Barry Body Heat
Barry Space March (Capsule in Space), You Only Live Twice
Barry The Knack
Barry Suite, James Bond
Legendary Hollywood composer John Barry won five Oscars throughout a career creating some of the most memorable music in the history of cinema. Enjoy an evening of his greatest hits – Bond themes from Goldfinger to We Have All the Time in the World, music from Zulu, Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and more.
La Editorial Rosetta sigue apostando por la música de cine, tras el reciente lanzamiento del libro de José Domingo Romero Mora dedicado a George Duning, el compositor de los estudios Columbia.
Partiendo de un texto del tristemente fallecido Luis Saavedra (1962-2002), Sergio Hardasmal ha ido creando una obra nueva, dedicada a analizar la figura del músico inglés...
Episode of Oh Boy! on 16mm film discovered, to be screened at BFI, London
Chris Perry of Kaleidoscope, the company who specialise in lost TV shows, has recently announced the discovery of an episode of Oh Boy! on 16mm film.
This is important news for Barry fans as it features a performance of "Farrago" by the John Barry Seven, and, as such, is their earliest TV appearance known to exist on film.
It also features the TV debuts of three members who had recently joined the group: Dougie Wright, Dennis King & Vic Flick.
Full details are:
Saturday 15th November 1958
'OH BOY!' SHOW # 10 (compèred by Tony Hall)
RESIDENT WEEKLY BAND & PERFORMERS:
Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price, Cherry Wainer, The Vernons Girls, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor & The Cutters
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL GUESTS:
Cliff Richard & The Drifters
The John Barry Seven
1. ROSALIE/TV HOP (Cliff Richard & 2 Vernons Girls)
2. FARRAGO (John Barry Seven)
3. MARGARET (Neville Taylor & Cutters)
4. DING DONG (Vernons Girls)
5. BETTY LOU GOT NEW A PAIR OF SHOES (Cuddly Dudley)
6. MR LEE (Pat Lawrence)
7. DRUNKEN SAILOR (Dallas Boys)
8. BLUE CHA-CHA (Cherry Wainer)
9. HIGH CLASS BABY (Cliff Richard & The Drifters)
10.WHO ARE THEY TO SAY (Three Vernons Girls)
11.PROMISE ME LOVE (Peter Elliott)
12.WEEKEND (Red Price Solo)
13.REX ROCKS (Extended Version) (Lord Rockingham's XI)
The show will be screened on Saturday 22nd July 2017, at BFI South Bank, London. Tickets will be on sale 6th June from BFI.
Midnight Cowboy on the big screen. BFI South Bank, London
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Brian had only recently finished presenting Sounds of the 60s, after 27 years as host, and was looking forward to making a few programmes for the station in which he would reflect on his life and career in the music business.
Hs broadcasting career began in the early fifties and after a few years on the staff of BBC Radio, he became a freelance journalist and presenter, but still spent of his career working for the BBC. TV viewers got to know him through Thank Your Lucky Stars, which he presented from its second series in 1961 through to 1965, when Jim Dale took over for the final season.
He was associated with the pop world for much of his career, through BBC radio shows such as Saturday Club, Easy Beat & My Top Twelve. The John Barry Seven were regular guests on Saturday Club, and in 1960 were the resident band for a series of Easy Beat, before a Blackpool summer season with Adam faith forced their withdrawal.
Brian also presented the arts programme, Round Midnight, for many years, and in 1990 won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for outstanding contribution to radio.
In the early nineties he interviewed a number of musicians for a series entitled Music Makers UK, including Lionel Bart, Tony Hatch, John Barry, Don Black Mike Batt & Leslie Bricusse. His interview with John Barry was particularly well-received; his gentle, easy-going yet still probing style successfully extracting all the important stories behind the key moments from the usually interview-shy composer’s equally lengthy career in the business.
2008 brought Brian further deserved recognition when he won a Sony Gold Award "to celebrate an impressive record of more than 50 years of national and international radio broadcasting."
He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and fans.
Quartet Records and MGM happily present a newly restored and remastered edition of John Barry’s unusual score (plus David Shire’s unused music) for The White Buffalo (1977)...
James Bond Spectacular
August 18, 2017
The Harlington Theatre
236 Fleet Road
Back by popular demand, popular Q The Music Show is coming back to The Harlington, Fleet bringing their fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success at other theatres with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.
Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others. With top musicians, dancers, and an informative and highly amusing compere, this show as everything you could want for a fabulous night out – and one that you will be talking about for years to come.
Formed in 2004, Q The Music Show have established a worldwide reputation for their authentic covers, orchestral sound and fabulous hair-raising vocalists. The show has been popular abroad at events in Monte Carlo, Germany, Italy, Guernsey, Prague and many others.
Don’t miss this superb evening as…Nobody Does It Better!
James Bond Spectacular
August 20, 2017
Buxton Opera House,
Derbyshire SK17 6XN
The popular Q The Music Show brings its James Bond Concert Spectacular to Buxton Opera House. The 13-piece band will be bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success all around the world with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.
Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others. With top musicians and an informative and highly amusing compere, this show as everything you could want for a fabulous night out – and one that you will be talking about for years to come.
Formed in 2004, Q The Music Show have established a worldwide reputation for their authentic covers, orchestral sound and fabulous hair-raising vocalists. The show has been popular abroad at events in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Guernsey, Prague and many others.
Volker Rippe kindly drew my attention to a recent correction made to Derek Watkins' Wikipedia profile as concerns his James Bond music career and the corresponding "Talk" to explain or justify the correction.
An Evening with 007
Friday, 30 December, 2016
The Bridgewater Hall,
Lower Mosley Street,
Manchester, M2 3WS
Stephen Bell conductor
Alison Jiear | Matthew Ford vocalists
Including music from Spectre | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | You Only Live Twice | GoldenEye | From Russia With Love | Live and Let Die | Quantum of Solace | The World is Not Enough | Goldfinger | A View to a Kill | Thunderball | Skyfall | For Your Eyes Only | The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker | The Living Daylights | Licence to Kill | Diamonds Are Forever | Casino Royale
Smooth as a vodka martini, elegant as a tuxedo and cool as a cucumber sandwich, Stephen Bell celebrates the ultimate British hero – James Bond. Feel free to take your drink – vodka based or otherwise – into the concert and immerse yourself in the spine-tingling sounds that gave musical voice to the films in catchy title sequences and haunting songs performed here by star vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.
James Bond Spectacular
December 1, 2017
Surrey, GU15 3SY,
The popular James Bond Concert Spectacular by Q The Music Show is coming to Camberley Theatre. They will be bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success all around the World with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.
Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies...
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