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Added January 25, 2014:
"Delia and Unit Delta Plus created music and sound effects
for Ron Grainer's second play On The Level, a musical which opened
in late February 1966 at The Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool and
was repeated at the Saville Theatre in London, opening on 19th April
on the Wikipedia page!
Added November 26, 2013:
Score Analysis by Dirk Wickenden
Originally published in Legend, issue 24 (1997)
The Goldsmith Film Music Society journal
Text reproduced by permission of the author, Dirk Wickenden, including
minor updates in 2013.
14, 2009: THE MAIGRET THEME & OTHER FILM AND TV THEMES SINGLES
have released "Ron Grainer & His Orchestra THE MAIGRET THEME
& OTHER FILM AND TV THEMES SINGLES".
You can order here...
The Maigret Theme
ORIGINAL LP ACL 1135 (1963) FIRST TIME IN STEREO
- The Maigret Theme (Grainer)
- Bistro (Grainer)
- Night Prowl (Grainer)
- Petit Louis (Grainer)
- Arlette (Grainer)
- Golden Fleece (Grainer)
- Getaway (Grainer)
- Along the Boulevards (Grainer)
- Lost Memory (Grainer)
- Poker Face (Grainer)
- Ginette (Grainer)
- Thieves’ Den (Grainer)
- Midnight in Montmartre (Grainer)
- The Maigret Theme (Grainer)
other film and TV themes singles
Recorded between 1961-77
- Petit Louis (from TV series “Maigret”) (Grainer) RG
- That Was the Week that Was (Grainer; Sherrin) RG
- Indian Blues (Grainer) RG
- Station Six Sahara (from film) (Grainer) RG
- Theme from the film “Sparrows Can’t Sing” (Bart) RSO
- The Seventh Dawn (from film) (Ortolani; Webster) RSO
- Main theme from film “Lolita” (Harris) TRO
- My Lost Love (from film “Big Red”) (Sherman; Sherman) IRCO
- Sky West and Crooked (from film) (Arnold) TW
- Madrigal (from film “The Chalk Garden”) (Arnold) TW
- The Kiss (theme from TV series “Love Story”) (Parnell) JP
- “The Hidden Truth” theme (from TV series) (Parnell) JP
- The Iron Maiden (from film) (Rogers) ER
- Sweet and Sour (the “Bootsie and Snudge” TV series theme) (Franks;
- Theme from the TV series “Sam Benedict” (Riddle) GF
- “Hand in Hand” theme (from film) (Black) SB
- The Last Tycoon (from film) (Jarre) JD
Singles’ artists: RG Ron Grainer & his Orchestra; RSO Roland Shaw
Orchestra; TRO The Raymonde Orchestra; IRCO Ivor Raymonde, his Chorus
& Orchestra; TW The Wayfarers; JP Jack Parnell Orchestra; ER Eric
Rogers & his Orchestra; GF Gordon Franks & his Orchestra; SB Stanley
Black, his Piano & Orchestra; JD John Dankworth with the Maurice
Sleeve notes were written by Geoff Leonard & Pete Walker.
2008: Film Score Montly re-issue Ron's The Omega Man CD
In a surprise move, indeed, we believe, an unprecedented move,
Film Score Monthly have re-issued Ron's The Omega Man CD. This was
originally issued a few years ago and strictly limited to 3000 copies,
but on deciding to reissue it, Lukas Kendall was influenced by a
number of factors.
Principal amongst these was the demand from collectors and the
availability of an improved master, but he also took into consideration
the criminals selling CD-Rs of the original on eBay for vast sums
and not being able to prevent it.
The new CD does not feature liner notes — only a six-panel fold-out
booklet — but the complete original liner notes as well as new commentary
prepared for this edition can be downloaded free on
the FSM site.
2008: "John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch"
We are delighted to announce that our new book "John Barry - The
Man With the Midas Touch" will be published this autumn, to coincide
with John Barry’s 75th birthday in November.
Pre-order now! Please visit this
|May 12, 2008:
New photo added
Once again we are delighted to announce some very welcome
updates to the site, with many thanks to Damian Grainer
and to our regret with great delay on our side.
17, 2007: New photo added
Mr. Marcus Brierley has graciously sent us a photo of Ron
in Portugal ca. 1971 working with
the Portuguese water boring engineers.
2007: link to The Sunday Times article on the Doctor Who theme
From The Sunday Times March 11, 2007 The regeneration game. Update
the theme tune for Doctor Who? I’d rather take on the Daleks, says
Dan Cairns Article...
11, 2006: New material added
We're delighted to announce some very welcome
updates to the site, with many thanks to Damian Grainer.
These range from a photo of father and son (and dog!) to Ron's Pianoforte
grade examination results!
2006: Photos of Ron Grainer added to site
We are extremely grateful to Marjorie Scully, nee Grainer, Ron's
sister, for providing us with two excellent photos of Ron - the
first we have. We hope to add more over the following weeks ...
|July 6, 2006:
Ron Grainer entered in theAustralian Dictionary and Biography
Ron Grainer's sister and only sibling Marjorie Scully has informed
us that next year he will be entered in the next edition of The
Australian Dictionary and Biography. At last.
|May 03, 2006:
Tales of the Unexpected CD to be released
We are pleased to announce that a new CD featuring over 70 minutes
of Ron's music from Tales of the Unexpected will be released later
this year. Compiled from the master tapes relating to a number of
episodes, this long-overdue album will be warmly received by all
fans of this marvellous composer.
More details when we have them ....
2006: Additions to biography, discography
|Thanks to Jenny Grainer,
Roger Goodman and the British Film Institute we are pleased to announce
a significant update to the Ron Grainer site.
Corrections and additions have been made to the biography and
several more film and TV credits have been added, most of them previously
unknown to your authors.
We will continue to add to the website as and when new material
comes to hand. In the meantime, please tell your friends about our
2006: Additions to biography
|Many thanks to Jenny
Grainer for updating our biography of Ron. As
time goes by we hope to be expanding it considerably and also adding
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