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Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven

Barry Seven Book cover idea

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.

Snippets

Welcome to Snippets. From time to time we will be including items, which, though not necessarily news, should still be of interest to John Barry fans.  If you have anything you consider likely to be of interest please send as an email to us!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Examples of this would be mentions of JB in the press, artists covering his music, TV programmes using his music, and anecdotes about recording sessions and concerts.

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James Bond on Organ

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:36 Written by
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http://www.erikhoeppe.de/orgel/orgel_basis_index.html Erik is an organist who plays The James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, A View To A Kill…
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Staggering to hear this song after 36 years -- many thanks to Peter Greenhill and Andrew John. Almost Love –…

The Betsy 2017 - widescreen?

Friday, 07 July 2017 16:15 Written by
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John Barry and movie afficionado Alan has discovered that Warner Archive recut the pan-and-scan 4:3 version used for the 1999…
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John Barry honoured with Blue Plaque in Fulford On the 20th June The York Civic Trust honoured John with the…

The Matt Monro Mystery Recordings

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:44 Written by
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Over the past few years stories have circulated suggesting that John Barry did not arrange and conduct Matt Monro's 1972…

Who Played Trumpet on the Bond scores 1962-1974?

Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:54 Written by
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You Only Live twice - John Barry giving notes Volker Rippe kindly drew my attention to a recent correction made…
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http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-best-john-barry-soundtracks Five-time Oscar winner and the man behind 11 James Bond soundtracks, John Barry is one of cinema’s most beloved…

The sad saga of John Barry’s house in Mallorca

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:06 Written by
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Over the last few years, a couple of people had contacted us about the possibility of purchasing and restoring John’s…
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http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/17886/music-in-the-movies-the-scores-of-john-barry-1968-1979-part-1 Link works only when you click on title above...

Single-sided Parlophone Big Guitar Test Record

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:44 Written by
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We have received an image of a single sided Parlophone Test Record of "Big Guitar" from 1958.  John Barry "signed…

Mr Moses on YouTube.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:21 Written by
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John Barry on scoring Enigma

Sunday, 16 August 2015 12:40 Written by
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An Interview with John Barry by Ford A. ThaxtonTranscribed & Edited by Randall D. LarsonOriginally published in Soundtrack Magazine Vol.20/No.79,…
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"Girls about town enjoy the Renault Twingo city car in this TV ad, soundtracked by the main theme from mostly-forgotten…

John Barry and Jane Birkin 1965 home video

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:20 Written by
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John Barry and Jane Birkin 1965 home video, presented and commented by Jane Birkin available on Youtube Excerpt from a French…

Rare Follow Me! LP cover?

Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:18 Written by
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David N. Butterworth stumbled upon Philips Records (Japan), SYU-1017, 1972, with a cover picture from Follow Me! Turns out this…

Royal Pageant's flotilla suggestion

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:17 Written by
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In today's Guardian 24/04/2012, in their G2 supplement whilst referring to the Royal Jubilee and the musical accompaniement to the…
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Here is a rare photo of John Barry talking to Duran Duran's John Taylor. John Barry talking to Duran Duran's…

Alexander Klein conducts John Barry

Friday, 11 November 2011 15:12 Written by
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Alexander Klein conducts "The Christmas Wine" and "A Christmas Song" Music by John Barry. Conducted by Alexander Klein. Performed by…

John Barry's Golden Touch: Discussion

Friday, 11 November 2011 15:11 Written by
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Miguel Mera is joined by musicians Martin Phipps and Richard Jacques to discuss the work of the late film composer,…

John Barry interviewed at Rules Restaurant, 1991

Friday, 02 September 2011 16:10 Written by
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We are very grateful to Mark Jensen for alerting us to a brief interview with John which appears on the…

John Barry in 1980s Japanese TV commercial

Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:09 Written by
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John Barry in 1980s Japanese TV commercial - Youtube An intriguing 1980s Japanese TV commercial has appeared on Youtube featuring…

John's marriage to Jane Sidey - clarification

Monday, 20 June 2011 16:08 Written by
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We have been contacted by John's third wife, Jane Sidey, who has informed us that contrary to the reference to…
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Give Me A Smile - the 2001 Corina Brouder RAH rehearsal vocal Ruud Rozemeijer Corina Brouder's private rehearsal recording of…

John Barry in the Classic FM Hall of Fame

Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:02 Written by
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Nick Taylor, Classic FM "A great deal of John Barry's work has recently been voted in to the Classic FM's…

Desert Island Discs, John Barry, BBC Radio 4

Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:01 Written by
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Desert Island Discs, John Barry, BBC Radio 4, First broadcast: Sun 13 Jun 1999. BBC website.

Beyondness of Things used by BBC TV

Saturday, 16 April 2011 16:00 Written by
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During April the BBC screened a two-part series on Royal Weddings. During the segment relating to the marriage of the…

Elizabeth Taylor in London soundtrack

Thursday, 31 March 2011 15:59 Written by
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"Elizabeth Taylor in London soundtrack danced to the rebel screen queen's tune" "Composed by John Barry, the 1963 TV film's…

John Barry Special on All India Radio

Sunday, 06 February 2011 14:57 Written by
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On February 4, 2011 Fali R. Singara did a special show live of John Barry's best themes and his legacy…

Johnny De Little appeared in pantomimes

Friday, 19 November 2010 15:56 Written by
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Johnny De Little, a talented vocalist much associated with John Barry in the 60s, appeared in several pantomimes during that…

Beat Girl Boots

Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:55 Written by
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It's getting more and more difficult to distinguish between legal and illegal DVD releases. Take Beat Girl. There have been…
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by Geoff Leonard We are quite proud of this website and of the wealth of information about John Barry it…
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JB's 1999 RAH concert - as it was when the BBC were going to be filming the second half. It…

IMDb 20 years old today

Sunday, 17 October 2010 14:43 Written by
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IMDb.com is 20 years old today, October 17, 2010 As part of the celebrations, IMDb founder & CEO Col Needham…

Bassey / Monro / Barry concert cancelled

Monday, 04 October 2010 14:39 Written by
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In April 1964, the Shirley Bassey/Matt Monro/John Barry concert scheduled for The Colston Hall, Bristol, was cancelled due to poor…

Beat Girl USA was "Wild for Kicks"

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Beat Girl was released in the USA as "Wild for Kicks". You can see the hilarious trailer for the American…

Music "exotic strip" scene Beat Girl "Esmeralda"

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The music heard during the "exotic strip" scene in Beat Girl is "Esmeralda" by Benny Bennet. Hear it in full…

John Barry's old villa in Mallorca

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:31 Written by
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Link to an article about John Barry's old villa in Mallorca. Here's the automated google translation of the same page.…

Wolf Mankowitz suspected of being communist agent

Friday, 27 August 2010 14:30 Written by
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In The Guardian (26 Aug.), there was a report titled "To Russia with love: screenwriter suspected of bonding with enemy".…
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ITV 1 are currently trailing 'The Unforgettable Bob Monkhouse' for viewing on Sunday, 8th August at 9.00pm using JB's Midnight…

Jane Birkin reveals that she stripped off

Tuesday, 03 August 2010 14:29 Written by
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A short interview with Jane Birkin reveals that she stripped off in Antonion's film Blow-Up as a dare. She was…
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Here is fascinating footage of the stars and the royal party from the Royal Premiere of Born Free in 1966.…

Rare pictures of John Barry show up

Friday, 23 July 2010 14:26 Written by
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The latest 007 magazine from Graham Rye features two pictures of John Barry: one has JB with Lionel Bart, Harry…

Promise Her Anything

Monday, 19 July 2010 14:25 Written by
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Was the film "Promise Her Anything" (1965) a rejected John Barry score?
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by Geoff Leonard The current edition of INSITE, the quarterly magazine from International network of Somewhere in Time enthusiasts, has…

Johnny Worth told them to stuff it

Monday, 12 July 2010 14:24 Written by
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By Johnny Worth (added by Geoff Leonard) I have an interesting story re John Barry. Adam Faith was doing a…

Mr Moses LP lined up in '60s?

Friday, 14 May 2010 14:23 Written by
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 by Ian McDonald "Tony Palmer, head of A&R at EMI UA in the mid 60's had this (a Mr. Moses…

Dulux advert has Midnight Cowboy as backing track

Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:22 Written by
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Keith Calnan New Dulux advert on ITV has Midnight Cowboy as backing track
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Paul McCartney in an interview with Paul Gambaccini, December 1978: (transcribed by Gareth Bramley) " I was asked to write…

A Man Alone - the lyrics

Sunday, 07 March 2010 13:19 Written by
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"A Man Alone" David Butterworth submits: "A Man Alone" - vocal: Pat Boone From (sic.) "The Ipcress File" DOT 16808…

The Criminal

Friday, 05 March 2010 13:19 Written by
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A report recently circulated that director Joseph Losey heard John Barry's brassy score for Beat Girl, and wanted him for…

Whispers about "The Horse Whisperer"

Wednesday, 03 February 2010 13:18 Written by
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Ian Macdonald contributed a fascinating piece to the Barry Yahoo group: I have just been viewing the 'Filmnotgraphy' section of…

From Russia With Love - Matt Monro

Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:15 Written by
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From Russia With Love - Matt Monro January 30, 2010 We are grateful to Richard Moore, who was responsible for…

John Barry's music used on TV

Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:15 Written by
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January 30, 2010 In the January 28th, 2010 edition of BBC 2's The Culture Show, a feature on Wikileaks, used…

1970s John Barry concerts

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MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES (1973) added January 30, 2010 presented by BRYAN FORBES and ROGER MOORE Part I conducted by…

The Concert John Barry

Friday, 29 January 2010 13:01 Written by
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"Being one of the lucky ones, I attended the 1972 Filmharmonic Concert at RAH that this album was based on.…

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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.