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Thanks to the kindness & generosity of Angela Richards, we are able to display highlights of a programme from the 1964 stage musical, 'Robert & Elizabeth', which starred John Clements, Keith Michell and June Bronhill, and i which Angela also featured.
It was presented by Martin Landau, book & lyrics by Ronald Millar, Music by Ron Grainer.
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It was presented by Martin Landau and The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.
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New Jasmine CD, Great British Twang!, includes several Ron Grainer
tracks as performed by his protégés, Bristol instrumental group. The Eagles.
1. THE EAGLES - BRISTOL EXPRESS
2. THE EAGLES - JOHNNY'S TUNE
3. THE EAGLES - EXODUS
4. THE EAGLES - THE MARCH OF THE EAGLES
5. THE EAGLES - OLD NED (theme from Steptoe And Son)
6. THE EAGLES - THEME FROM MAIGRET
7. THE EAGLES - HAPPY JOE (theme from Comedy Playhouse)
8. THE EAGLES - THEME FROM OLIVER TWIST
9. THE KREW KATS - TRAMBONE
10. THE KREW KATS - PEAK HOUR
11. THE KREW KATS - SAMOVAR
12. THE KREW KATS - JACK'S GOOD
13. THE KREW KATS - THE BAT
14. THE TOM CATS - TOM TOM CAT
15. THE FENTONES - THE MEXICAN
16. THE FENTONES - LOVER'S GUITAR
17. THE FENTONES - THE BREEZE AND I
18. THE FENTONES - JUST FOR JERRY
19. THE FENTONES - GRINGO
20. THE FENTONES - MICK'S TUNE
21. THE HUNTERS - TEEN SCENE
22. THE HUNTERS - SANTA MONICA FLYER
23. THE HUNTERS - GOLDEN EARRINGS
24. THE HUNTERS - TALLY HO
25. THE HUNTERS - THE STORM
26. THE HUNTERS - HOW'S M'CHICKS?
27. THE SCORPIONS - (GHOST) RIDERS IN THE SKY
28. THE SCORPIONS - TORQUAY
29. THE SCORPIONS - ROCKIN' AT THE PHIL
30. THE SCORPIONS - SCORPIO
31. THE PACKABEATS - GYPSY BEAT
32. THE PACKABEATS - BIG MAN
33. THE PACKABEATS - EVENING IN PARIS
34. THE PACKABEATS - THE TRAITORS
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Network has just announced that all 52 episodes of the definitive adaptation of Georges Simenon's popular Maigret novels, starring Rupert Davies and Ewen Solon, are being made available on Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray for the first time! Unseen for more than 50 years, thanks to the BBC's reluctance to repeat black and white series, here's a wonderful opportunity to revive memories or catch it for the first time.
The release date is 23rd August but it can be pre-ordered immediately. In fact, it might prove wise to do so, in case this turns out to be limited!
Your writer grew up watching this series with his family and it was compulsive viewing. Ron Grainer's theme was, of course, perfect, and I think for some episodes he wrote the complete score, but aside from that, the entire production oozed atmosphere, drama, suspense and occasionally humour.
Vive La France & Network. :)
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One More Time is a work in progress documentary which tells the story of the musicians who worked on studio sessions during the sixties and seventies. Several former members of The JB7 have taken part.
Project director Alan Boyd would very much appreciate it if you would check out the website at
and also visit, like, and share the facebook page at
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In a few months time, our book "Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven" will be published. Thoroughly and painstakingly researched over a number of years, it will feature contributions from several ex-members of the band and from friends and relatives of John Barry.
Comprising of around 350 pages, it will also be packed with an array of rare photos of the band, and the singers they often supported, as well as some unique images of memorabilia and documentation from that era; some never previously published, many more seldom seen.
Even if you are not necessarily a devotee of The John Barry Seven per se, the book offers a fascinating historical insight into the British music scene of the period and, more importantly, provides an essential read for anybody remotely interested in discovering more about John Barry's formative career.
It will be of great assistance to the authors if you would indicate an interest in purchasing a copy of the book *now*, without obligation. We will then be able to notify you as soon as the book is available with details of cost and how to order and pay.
Obviously your personal details will be kept secure and not shared with anybody else.
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On April 21, Record Store Day in the UK this year will see a limited vinyl release of Ron Grainer's score for the cult film, The Omega Man, which starred Charlton Heston.
Although already released twice on CD, the double LP is sure to prove popular and difficult to obtain.
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We are indebted to David Huggins for alerting us to this radio interview from 1966, in which Ron talks about his early career and explains how he writes music.
Ron Grainer, interviewed by Binny Lum (1966)
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Readers might be interested to know that excerpts from two Ron Grainer soundtracks, Nothing But The Best & The Moon-Spinners, are now available as a digital download via Apple Music or iTunes.
They can also be streamed via Spotify and similar devices.
Thanks to Clement Fontaine of Disques Cinémusique for the information.
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We are grateful to David Huggins for alerting us to an opportunity to view a 1965 film documentary entitled The Australian Londoners.
The film is about the (then) large numbers of Australians working in the entertainment business in London, and includes a brief chat with Ron Grainer and other stars of his musical, Robert & Elizabeth.
The clip starts at 20m 32s.
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We are delighted to report that SimplyMedia TV will release the BBC series Oliver Twist (1962) on 21st August 2017.
This series includes music composed by Ron Grainer.
This will be an excellent opportunity to discover if Ron composed more than just the main theme with which we are already familiar.
It's also a rare opportunity to see the acclaimed character actor Peter Vaughan in an early performance as Bill Sikes!
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St. David's Hall, Cardiff
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a concert of Cult TV Classics at 21.00 on Saturday 25th March 2017.
They will be joined by three members of The Radiophonic Workshop: Mark Ayres, Paddy Kingsland and Roger Limb, and the programme will include Ron's themes for Doctor Who & The Prisoner.
More details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8
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In 1980 film buff Gerald Lovell wrote to Ron, enclosing a list of what he believed to be a definitive list of his film and TV scores to date, and asking him several questions about his career.
We don't know precisely what questions were asked, but they can be guessed from Ron's replies.
They begin with a reference to Doctor Who, and Ron's replies are extremely illuminating!
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Tales of the Unexpected
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An excellent blog about Ron Grainer:
While the details of Australian composer Ron Grainer's music career in England are quite extensively described online, Rons early life in Australia has always been something of a mystery. Also links to:
Ron Grainer "The European Years" blog
Ron Grainer "A Collectors Guide" blog
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On The Level
"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 1966."
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The Omega Man
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.
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Ron gets royal guided tour of Windsor Castle! British Pathé video clip.
"Various shots of the cast and crew of the film 'Some People' are shown around the outside of the castle by Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh). Commentator tells us the film deals in part with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme."
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You can order here... Content:
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 TR
- 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; Rusby) GF
- 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 Jarre Orchestra
Sleeve notes were written by Geoff Leonard & Pete Walker.
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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.
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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 our John Barry website.
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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.
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Mr. Marcus Brierley has graciously sent us a photo of Ron in Portugal ca. 1971 working with the Portuguese water boring engineers.
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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...
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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!
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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 ...
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Ron Grainer's sister and only sibling Marjorie Scully has informed us that next year Ron will be entered in the next edition of The Australian Dictionary of Biography. At last.
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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 ....
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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 site!!!
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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 photos.