Beatles - Martin Pays Tribute To Film Composer Barry

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Beatles producer SIR George Martin has added his tribute to late composer John Barry, who died from a heart attack on Sunday (30Jan11).
Martin tells Britain's Channel 4 News, Barry was "probably our most famous film score writer".
He says, "You could always identify John's scores. They were very dramatic. They leant themselves to the film in a way that enhanced everything. He was an extraordinary musician - very, very clever.
"Without John Barry there would be no James Bond theme, because the whole essence of that was the excitement, the drama, the orchestration."
David Arnold, Simon Le Bon and Mark Ronson are among the other musicians who have paid their respects to the Oscar winner, who composed the scores for legendary Bond films like Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever.


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Terry Walstrom

Martin clearly understands the drama behind the Monty Norman "contribution" to the James Bond theme and how John Barry fairly saved the day with his overhaul.Beyond all that, the profound sense of melody, beauty, mystery and imagination John Barry brought to film through his music has a life of its own. The purity of Barry's conception will outlast the passing fancies of mere here-today-gone-tomorrow whimsy. He was classy and the music is classic!My heart was his music's home. He shall be sorely missed.
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