John Barry RIP


John Barry has died at the age of 77 in New York – I guess from the ’60s, most of us remember particularly the James Bond theme with Vic Flick on guitar (plus Juke Box Jury – see the two nice comments below from Dave Mussell) – I pinched this Google photo of the John Barry Orchestra with Shirley Bassey as they (plus Matt Monro) appeared together at the Guildhall in May 1964.

The John Barry Seven had also appeared there with Adam Faith in October 1961 and at Easter of the following year the John Barry Seven played the Savoy for the first time. They returned in August and November 1962 and March 1963 (with the Benny Freedman Orchestra). I believe the 1964 Guildhall gig was the last Pompey visit

Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

2 thoughts on “John Barry RIP

  1. Very sad to hear this news earlier today. I still treasure my 1960 single of “Hit & Miss” (Columbia 45 DB-4414) by The John Barry Seven plus Four – B-side was entitled “Rockin’ Already”. Hit & Miss was of course the theme tune for TV’s Juke Box Jury which ran from 1959 to 1967 !

  2. For those interested John Barry’s appearance on Desert Island Discs (1999) is available on the BBC i-Player here:-


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