JOHN BARRY - THE LOST TAPES (320kbs-m4a/64mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 14th May 2018
One of Britain's premier film composers, John Barry was renowned for his scores for the early James Bond films as well as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. The winner of five Oscars, Barry, who passed away in 2011, was a private man - but 'John Barry - The Lost Tapes' offers a revealing insight into his working life
Author and broadcaster Eddi Fiegel, during the course of many extensive interviews with John for her biography, also recorded a conversation for BBC radio, which was never broadcast and considered lost.
Barry was a vivid raconteur and recounted the first decade of his career, from fledgling pop musician and producer to Oscar winning-composer. He also gave me some rare insights into his song writing craft.
He talked fondly about his early days with his instrumental group The John Barry Seven, his recordings with Adam Faith, the first venture into film and his remarkable recordings on the James Bond movies. With the success of Goldfinger in 1964, barely a week seemed to go by without John receiving a new film commission. It was a prolific time for him and, over the next two years, his scores included Thunderball, Richard Lester's The Knack and The Ipcress File starring a young Michael Caine. The pair became firm friends.
John's Oscar winning score for Born Free made him an international figure and the royal screening of the film saw a leading British actor 'throw a fit' when upstaged in front of the Royal family.
Producer: John Sugar
A Sugar production for BBC Radio 4.
The John Barry Seven - Hit And Miss
Adam Faith - What Do You Want
The John Barry Seven & Orchestra - The James Bond Theme
John Barry - Main Title From "Goldfinger"
John Barry - The Ipcress File
Matt Monro - Born Free
John Barry - The Knack ...And How To Get It (Main Theme)