The overused term "British Invasion," as applied to the culture of popular music, is widely thought to have commenced with the arrival of the "Fab Four," The Beatles, at New York's Kennedy International Airport, in February 1964. If truth be told, the so-called invasion actually started two years earlier, in 1962, when the British army veteran, and rock and roll band leader, John Barry, moved out of the ranks of touring and recording rockers, and into the world of motion picture music.

Barry, the son of a classical pianist mother and a father who owned a chain of motion picture theaters, was born in November 1933, and as a young child developed a strong proclivity for music. He learned both the piano and trumpet, and coincidentally, developed an abiding interest in films. To this day, he claims that he knew as a growing boy and young man that he wanted to be a film composer. In fact, at 15, he worked for a time in the semi-related field of film projectionist.

Barry later enlisted in the British Army and during his tour of duty, furthered his interest and skills in music, by taking a correspondence course in composition and orchestration. Mustered out of the armed forces in 1957, he put his schooling to work by forming a rock and roll band, John Barry and the Seven. With a series of live and television performances under their belts, the band was signed by EMI's Parlophone record label, which soon released a first album, The Big Beat, as well as various singles.

Continuing in the rock genre, Barry drew an assignment in 1969…

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Discography Highlights

VIEW TO A KILL Nicholas Bates, Simon Le Bon, Andrew Taylor, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, John Barry
EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.

ALL TIME HIGH (THEME FROM “OCTOPUSSY”) Sir Tim Rice, John Barry
EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.

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