Shortly before he left EMI for Ember, John Barry appeared as himself in It's All Happening. This film musical was basically a vehicle for Tommy Steele and quite likely part of the lure to acquire him from his lengthy stay with the rival record label, Decca.
In the film, Barry is seen conducting an orchestra which accompanied fellow EMI artistes Johnny De Little (a Barry protege) and American visitor Dick Kallman in (mock) studio recording sessions.
Apart from this on-screen appearance, Barry also arranged and accompanied songs by Tommy Steele and Marion Ryan.
Also appearing in the film were EMI artistes Shane Fentone (later better known as Alvin Stardust), The Clyde Valley Stompers, Carol Deene, Russ Conway, Danny Williams and Geoff Love. Barry did work with Conway and Williams on record, but not on this occasion.
N.B. Both DVD and Blu-ray are available for pre-order, but are only available while stocks last!!
Shout Factory are releasing Boom! on Blu-Ray on May 28, 2019.
Info from the Shout Factory website:
113 min, 2.35:1, English, Region A, Subtitles: English
Taylor and Burton are explosive in this "heady serio-comic brew [from] Tennessee Williams ..." — Time Out
Cinema icons (and twice-married couple) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he'd ever seen. Sissy Goforth (Taylor), the world's richest woman, has retired to her lavish island estate to dictate her memoirs. Her reclusive lifestyle is thrown into upheaval when roguish poet Chris Flanders (Burton) washes up on her beach. With the mysterious habit of calling upon a lady one step before the undertaker, Flanders has become known as "The Angel Of Death" — but an undaunted Goforth opts to tempt fate when she chooses to take Flanders as her next — and last — lover.
A notorious bomb on its initial release, Boom! has since built up a cult following for its one-of-a-kind mixture of camp, lyricism, and the highly combustible chemistry of its two leads. More than fifty years after Boom!'s debut, Shout! Factory invites you to light the fuse on a re-examination of this highly unusual drama.
NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker John Waters
NEW "The Sound Of A Bomb: Contextualizing Boom!" With Film Critic/Author Alonso Duralde
Original Theatrical Trailer
Vintage Photo Galleries
One More Time is a work in progress documentary which tells the story of the musicians who worked on studio sessions during the sixties and seventies. Several former members of The JB7 have taken part.
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We were extremely sad to hear that Les Reed O.B.E., passed away on Monday 15th April, aged 83. Les was a valued and influential member of The John Barry Seven between 1959 and 1962, and went on to a highly successful career as a composer/arranger, which included writing hit songs for such as Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Applejacks, The Fortunes, Lulu, Herman's Hermits and Des O'Connor.
In particular, songs such as Delilah, It's Not Unusual (Tom Jones), The Last Waltz (Engelbert Humperdinck), and There's a Kind of Hush (Herman's Hermits and The Carpenters) were huge sellers and known worldwide.
On a personal note, Les was so patient and helpful in answering our many questions during the writing of the book about the JB7, and we were looking forward to reciprocating regarding his own book on which he had been working for some time.
A wonderfully talented, kind and generous man, he will be badly missed by his family and all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to his sister Celia, daughter Donna, and grandsons Alex and Dom.
Coming soon from Network is a DVD/blu-ray of It's All Happening, the 1963 film musical in which John Barry is seen conducting recording sessions by Johnny de Little and Dick Kallman.
The blu-ray is apparently only available while stocks last, which makes it a limited edition of a sort, so probably best to order now if interested.
The Lolita My Love 2019 Programme is now available in our dedicated musicals section.
11 June 2019
Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Color, 91 Minutes 1.85:1, Rated G, Optional English subtitles
• Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Harvey and Film Archivist Robert A. Harris
• Madness… It's Beautiful - Featurette
• Special expanded version, featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release.
• Theatrical Trailereaturing additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release. • Theatrical Trailer