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Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven

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In a few months time, our book "Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven" will be published. Thoroughly and painstakingly researched over a number of years, it will feature contributions from several ex-members of the band and from friends and relatives of John Barry.

Comprising of around 350 pages, it will also be packed with an array of rare photos of the band, and the singers they often supported, as well as some unique images of memorabilia and documentation from that era; some never previously published, many more seldom seen.

Even if you are not necessarily a devotee of The John Barry Seven per se, the book offers a fascinating historical insight into the British music scene of the period and, more importantly, provides an essential read for anybody remotely interested in discovering more about John Barry's formative career.

It will be of great assistance to the authors if you would indicate an interest in purchasing a copy of the book *now*, without obligation. We will then be able to notify you as soon as the book is available with details of cost and how to order and pay.

Just send us an email message and we will be in touch in due course. Visit our dedicated web page here!

Obviously your personal details will be kept secure and not shared with anybody else.

TV, stage and record producer, Jack Good, dies aged 86

Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:35
Jack Good with The Beatles
Jack Good with The Beatles

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.

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Have a look at our old "Play It Again" label website here.

Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.

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A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

http://www.moviesinconcert.nl/index.php?page=concertlist


James Bond Concert Spectacular at Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House
Water street,
Buxton, Derbyshire, sk17 6xn

Sun 12 Aug
7:30pm

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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 has 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.


The Music of BondThe Music of Bond
Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm

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Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist


The Bridgewater Hall - Music of John Barry November 2018

The Music of John Barry

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS

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Nicholas Dodd conductor
Andrew Collins presenter
Manchester Camerata

John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical great. This concert pays tribute to his life and music with a carefully selected programme, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, who collaborated closely with the composer on his later films. Nicholas Dodd is regarded as one of the leading conductors and orchestrators of Hollywood film music and is a noted expert on, and performer of John Barry’s music. In fact, every James Bond movie from the last 10 years bears his signature.