Film Composer John Barry (1933-2011)

One of the greatest composers for film, John Barry, has died at age 77. According to the BBC, he suffered a heart attack.

Rarely does the word illustrious actually apply to a career quite as aptly as it does in the case of Barry. During the past five decades, the composer created many of the signature musical moments in motion picture history, including much of the theme music for the early James Bond 007 series and Oscar-winning scores for Dances With Wolves, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Born Free. Over the years, many of his famous compositions have been sampled in the pop and hip-hop communities, and his work spilled from film into TV and the stage, as well. A selection of his best-loved works follows.

Theme from 1969's Midnight Cowboy:

Theme from 1965's The Ipcress File:

Theme from 1985's Out of Africa:

Theme from 1971's The Persuaders (TV):

A medley featuring selections from Dances With Wolves, The Cotton Club, Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Body Heat, The Lion in Winter, Chaplin, Indecent Proposal, King Kong, The Living Daylights, and more.    

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