Friday, 12 December 2003 13:08

Sid Margo dies

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Sorry to say I just heard that Sid Margo died a Sunday November 23. The information came by way of Sheldon Hall, who is writing a book on the making of ZULU. He was given the news by Michael Firman, whose father, Alec, often led John Barry's orchestras. I have no further details.

Sid was a charming man, and for those who don't know, he 'fixed' John Barry's orchestra (and many others) for recordings for around 25 years. I met him only once when he spent a couple of hours describing in some detail how he worked with JB. He also told me how he once solved a problem for Michael J. Lewis when they were recording 'The Man Who Haunted Himself', by purchasing a number of bottles from a local Woolworth store and partly filling them with water. I'll leave it to the experts to decide what part of the score they appeared in and how they were played!!

Incidentally, Sheldon hopes to cover every aspect of the film's production, including of course the score, and has already interviewed John Barry about this.

Which is more than I have .....

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