Today marks the the 79th birthday for John Williams, one of the film industry’s best-known composers/conductors. The son of a percussionist for CBS radio and the Raymond Scott quintet, John Williams was born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932. Williams has composed music for blockbuster movies including Jaws, Superman, ET: The Extraterrestrial, and Jurassic Park. He’s received over 41 Oscar nominations, 20-odd gold and platinum records, two Emmy awards, three Golden Globe awards, and 18 Grammy wins.
I’d like to share a couple of my favorite John Williams works – the “Imperial March” from Star Wars, as seen in the recent hilarious Super Bowl Volkswagen commercial “The Force”, and his lesser-known “Becoming a Geisha” from the score of Memoirs of a Geisha.
- The Composers: John Williams (popdose.com)
- Close Encounters with John Williams’ Score [Film Score Focus] (austinist.com)
- Famous and Celebrity Birthdays for February 8, 2011 (blippitt.com)