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Laurie Johnson

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Laurie Johnson could very well be most widely known internationally for his name theme for the Diana Rigg/Linda Thorson months from the Avengers. He in addition has labored on a large number of feature movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, J. Lee Thompson’s Tiger Bay, Ray Harryhausen’s THE VERY FIRST Men within the Moon, and Brian Clemens’ Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. Additionally, in Britain he is a documenting artist focusing on instrumental pop music because the middle-’50s, and is among the most respectable arrangers of big-band golf swing and pop music. Educated on the Royal University of Music (where he afterwards trained), he also started his profession as an arranger and composer at age group 19, doing work for Ted Heath and afterwards with such bandleaders as Jack port Parnell and Ambrose. In 1955, he started his documenting profession at Pye Information, a newly-organized business that became the house to artists such as for example Petula Clark and Lonnie Donegan, Tony Hatch, the Searchers, as well as the Kinks. During his initial couple of years at Pye, the majority of Johnson’s produces centered on recordings of pop criteria organized as dance music, together with his very own primary compositions. He also inserted the movie sector in 1955, originally as an arranger and orchestrator, and quickly shifted to structure. Johnson surely got to focus on the music for a few high profile movies within the 1950’s, especially in colaboration with movie director J. Lee-Thompson, like the Great Companions (1956), Tiger Bay (1957), and I Purpose at the Superstars (1960). The last mentioned also proclaimed Johnson’s initial occasion to operate for manufacturer Charles Schneer. Through the early ’60s, Johnson also offered as an helper to film composer Bernard Herrmann, who have scored many of Schneer’s movies manufactured in conjunction with particular results designer-producer Ray Harryhausen, including Mysterious Isle and Jason & the Argonauts; when Herrmann dropped to operate for Schneer any more due to what he regarded the producer’s insufficient fees, Johnson required over by composing the music for Schneer’s creation from the First Men within the Moon (1964). A yr later on, Johnson’s worldwide breakthrough occurred on British tv when he published a new name theme for The Avengers. The series experienced already been within the air flow for four years, but had been revamped with a fresh leading woman (Diana Rigg) and a fresh look, and had been shot on film designed for worldwide distribution. It had been Johnson’s theme, using its starting trumpet flourishes as well as the strategic usage of pizzicato strings, with which People in america 1st came to determine the strike series, and his music was maintained once the series was revamped just as before after Rigg remaining the solid. He later on composed the name music for THE EXPERTS and THE BRAND NEW Avengers, among additional tv series. Johnson’s function also prolonged to theater, using the music for Lionel Bart’s SECURE Your Daughters along with a stage edition from the Four Musketeers. The second option was created with lyricist Herbert Kretzmer, who in addition has collaborated with Johnson with an oratorio-style piece known as The Glory Street, for music group, chorus, solo vocalist, and narrator. His additional concert works add a symphony, a set of symphonic poems, and an RAF-commissioned piece celebrating the Fight of Britain eligible for the Few. Johnson in addition has co-produced several tv series, like the New Avengers, and was mixed up in scoring from the 1998 feature film The Avengers. Through the middle-’90s, he also arranged the London Big Music group, which focuses on big band golf swing and pop music.

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Full Name Laurie Johnson
Profession Film Score Composer, Bandleader
Education Royal College of Music
Nationality British
Music Songs Happy Go Lively, The Avengers, Sucu Sucu, Blood in the Gutter, The New Avengers: Theme, Jason King, Chase That Car, Dr. Strangelove: The Bomb Run, Lonely Stranger, Shopping Spree, Echo Four-Two, Captain Kronos-Vampire Hunter - Main Titles, Animal Magic, Twango, Theme From "Top Secret", Operation Orchestra, Gala Premiere, Theme From "Echo Four Two", I Aim At The Stars, Song Of India, The Belstone Fox Theme, Tag Scene, Man About Town, Bar Confrontation, Bell Bell Boogie, Birthday Victim, Suca Suca, No Hiding Place Theme, Kennel Woods, First Men in the Moon: Main Title, March of the Roman Legions, Fisticuffs
Albums The Music of Laurie Johnson, First Men in the Moon, A Brass Band Swinging, We're Listening To Laurie Johnson, Vol. 1, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, The Avengers (Original Scores), Kpm 1000 Series: A History of War and Peace, We're Listening To Laurie Johnson, Vol. 2, Drum Crazy, It Can Only Be, The New Big Band Sound, Kpm Brownsleeves: Kpmlpb 30, Orchestra Operation, The Professionals, The Belstone Fox (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Cult TV Themes, Have You Heard of Laurie Johnson, Vol. 3, Kpm Brownlseeves: Kpmlpb 25, Have You Heard of Laurie Johnson, Vol. 2, Kpm Brownsleeves: Kpmlpb 20, The Rose and the Gun: The Music of Laurie Johnson, Music from The Avengers, The New Avengers, The Professionals, Have You Heard of Laurie Johnson, Vol. 1, Kpm Brownsleeves: Kpmlpb 24, Kpm Brownsleeves: Kpmlpb 19, We're Listening To Laurie Johnson, Vol. 3, Kpm Brownsleeves: Kpmlpb 34, Impressions, The Professional: The Best of Laurie Johnson, Spring Fashion, The Golden Age of Light Music: "Soloists Supreme", The Golden Age of Light Music: Table for Two
Movies Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, First Men in the Moon, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, Tiger Bay, The Belstone Fox, The Avengers, A Hazard of Hearts, Hot Millions, The Good Companions, I Aim at the Stars, The Lady and the Highwayman, The Moonraker, No Trees in the Street, East of Sudan, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, Hedda, Bitter Harvest, Spare the Rod, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, Operation Bullshine, The Beauty Jungle, Duel of Hearts, What a Whopper, You Must Be Joking!, Siege of the Saxons, The Firechasers, The Maids, A Ghost in Monte Carlo, Guns for San Sebastian, Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, Girls at Sea


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1 He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Music. He is a composer in London, England.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CI5: The New Professionals 1999 TV Series composer - 13 episodes
The Lady and the Highwayman 1989 TV Movie conductor - uncredited
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1987 conductor
Kill and Kill Again 1981 composer: stock music
It Lives Again 1978 composer: additional music / conductor - as Mr. Johnson / musical adaptation / orchestrator - uncredited
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet 1976 conductor
Obsession 1976 conductor: finale - uncredited
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter 1974 conductor - uncredited
Freewheelers 1968-1973 TV Series composer - 104 episodes
Shirley's World TV Series composer - 1 episode, 1971 music - 1 episode, 1971
Mister Jerico 1970 TV Movie conductor
The Avengers 1968-1969 TV Series music supervisor - 2 episodes
Whicker's World 1965-1968 TV Series composer - 10 episodes
Riviera Police 1965 TV Series composer - 13 episodes
You Must Be Joking! 1965 conductor
World in Action 1963-1965 TV Series documentary composer - 70 episodes
East of Sudan 1964 conductor - uncredited
Bitter Harvest 1963 conductor
Siege of the Saxons 1963 conductor - uncredited
ITV Play of the Week 1962 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
Animal Magic 1962 TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Echo Four Two 1961 TV Series composer - 10 episodes
I Aim at the Stars 1960 conductor
Operation Bullshine 1959 conductor
Tiger Bay 1959 music director
Girls at Sea 1958 conductor
The Moonraker 1958 conductor
Salute to Show Business 1957 TV Movie music arranger and conductor
The Jill Day Show 1957 TV Series musical director - 6 episodes
The Good Companions 1957 composer: incidental music / orchestrator

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Avengers: Wish You Were Here? - The Top Ten London Locations 2011 Video short
London Big Band in Concert at the Albert Hall 1999 Documentary
Duel of Hearts 1991 TV Movie
A Ghost in Monte Carlo 1990 TV Movie
The Lady and the Highwayman 1989 TV Movie
A Hazard of Hearts 1987 TV Movie
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1987
The Professionals 1977-1983 TV Series 57 episodes
Tvingad att leva 1980
The New Avengers 1976-1977 TV Series 26 episodes
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet 1976
Thriller 1973-1976 TV Series 20 episodes
Diagnosis: Murder 1975
Hedda 1975
The Wide World of Mystery 1975 TV Series 1 episode
The Maids 1975
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter 1974
The Belstone Fox 1973
Jason King 1971-1972 TV Series 26 episodes
Shirley's World 1971 TV Series 7 episodes
The Firechasers 1971
And Soon the Darkness 1970
Mister Jerico 1970 TV Movie
The Avengers 1965-1969 TV Series 78 episodes
Hot Millions 1968
K.I.N.O. 1968 Short
Die Kapitulation 1967 Short
You Must Be Joking! 1965
East of Sudan 1964
First Men in the Moon 1964
Contest Girl 1964
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 music
Bitter Harvest 1963
Siege of the Saxons 1963
ITV Play of the Week 1962 TV Series 1 episode
What a Whopper 1961
Top Secret 1961 TV Series
Spare the Rod 1961
I Aim at the Stars 1960
No Hiding Place 1959 TV Series
Operation Bullshine 1959
No Trees in the Street 1959
Tiger Bay 1959
Girls at Sea 1958
The Moonraker 1958

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePants TV Series music - 17 episodes, 1999 - 2016 writer - 3 episodes, 1999 - 2012
The Secret Life of Uri Geller 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Theme from The Avengers" - uncredited
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film 2008 TV Movie documentary music: "Blood in the Gutter" - uncredited
Top Gear 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 writer: "The Avengers Theme"
Ren & Stimpy 'Adult Party Cartoon' 2003 TV Series music - 4 episodes
Kevin & Perry Go Large 2000 arranger: "Galliard" / performer: "Galliard"
KaBlam! 1996-2000 TV Series music - 14 episodes
Spaced 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elephant Juice 1999 writer: "Jason King Theme"
Le ciel, les oiseaux,... et ta mère! 1999 "Animal Magic"
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 1998 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1997 music - 1 episode, 1993
Home Before Dark 1997 lyrics: "Happy Go Lively" / music: "Happy Go Lively"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1997 TV Series 1 episode
Toonstruck 1996 Video Game music: "Happy-Go-Lively" - uncredited
Rocko's Modern Life 1996 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Ren & Stimpy Show TV Series music - 34 episodes, 1991 - 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1992
Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1994 writer: "Happy Go Lively" - uncredited
Bill Nye, the Science Guy 1994 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 1993-1994 TV Series 2 episodes
Texasville 1990 writer: "Rhapsody"
The Professionals 1977 TV Series writer: "The Professionals Main Title", "Sleuthing", "On The Scent", "In Pursuit", "Interlude", "Waiting And Ambush", "On Target"
Benny Hill Down Under 1977 TV Movie writer: "Theme from 'The Avengers'"
Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 music: "Brickbat Battle" - uncredited
Deathcheaters 1976 music: "To Death Or Glory" - uncredited
The Giant Spider Invasion 1975 music: "Brickbats", "Absolute Zero" - uncredited
The Projectionist 1971 music: "Princess Waltz", "Caernarvon Castle", "This Is Your Life" - uncredited
Hot Millions 1968 music: "This Time" / writer: "Caesar Smith", "There Is Another Song"
Freewheelers 1968 TV Series writer: "Private Eye"
The Avengers 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 arranger: "Try a Little Tenderness" 1932 - uncredited
Out of This World 1964 Short music: "Absolute Zero" - uncredited
Bitter Harvest 1963 music: "Bitter Harvest Theme"
World in Action 1963 TV Series documentary "Private Eye"
Top Secret 1961 TV Series writer: "Sucu Sucu" Main Theme
I Aim at the Stars 1960 music: "I Aim At The Stars"
Operation Bullshine 1959 arranger: "Light Cavalry Overture" - uncredited / music: "Girls in Arms"
The Moonraker 1958 music: "The Moonraker" song

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quattro Noza 2003 line producer
CI5: The New Professionals 1999 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
London Big Band in Concert at the Albert Hall 1999 Documentary executive producer
Duel of Hearts 1991 TV Movie associate producer
A Ghost in Monte Carlo 1990 TV Movie associate producer
Bernard Miles on the Halls 1986 TV Movie documentary producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
True Horror with Anthony Head 2004 TV Series documentary Clerk of the Court

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sound of ITV: The Nation's Favourite Theme Tunes 2015 TV Movie documentary thanks - as Laurie Johnson MBE
Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' 2000 Video documentary acknowledgment: stills supplied by
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann 1992 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' 2000 Video documentary Himself - Composer
This Is Your Life 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jill Day Show 1957 TV Series Themselves

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