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Welcome to Snippets. From time to time we will be including items, which, though not necessarily news, should still be of interest to John Barry fans.  If you have anything you consider likely to be of interest please send as an email to us!

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Friday, 19 June 2020 11:08

Johnny De Little - article

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by Dan BarrettMay 31, 2020 "I could not have been more pleased when Mike Zirpolo contacted me, and asked me…
Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:56

Signed copy of Stringbeat - 1999

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Richard L. sent us a scan of his copy of "Stringbeat" and told us: "When I met the great man…
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 Aled Jones and Russell Watson have released the official video for their single ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone/Here’s To…
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:36

James Bond on Organ

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http://www.erikhoeppe.de/orgel/orgel_basis_index.html Erik is an organist who plays The James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, A View To A Kill…
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Staggering to hear this song after 36 years -- many thanks to Peter Greenhill and Andrew John. Almost Love –…
Friday, 07 July 2017 16:15

The Betsy 2017 - widescreen?

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John Barry and movie afficionado Alan has discovered that Warner Archive recut the pan-and-scan 4:3 version used for the 1999…
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John Barry honoured with Blue Plaque in Fulford On the 20th June The York Civic Trust honoured John with the…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:44

The Matt Monro Mystery Recordings

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Over the past few years stories have circulated suggesting that John Barry did not arrange and conduct Matt Monro's 1972…
Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:54

Who Played Trumpet on the Bond scores 1962-1974?

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You Only Live twice - John Barry giving notes Volker Rippe kindly drew my attention to a recent correction made…
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http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-best-john-barry-soundtracks Five-time Oscar winner and the man behind 11 James Bond soundtracks, John Barry is one of cinema’s most beloved…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:06

The sad saga of John Barry’s house in Mallorca

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Over the last few years, a couple of people had contacted us about the possibility of purchasing and restoring John’s…
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http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/17886/music-in-the-movies-the-scores-of-john-barry-1968-1979-part-1 Link works only when you click on title above...
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:44

Single-sided Parlophone Big Guitar Test Record

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We have received an image of a single sided Parlophone Test Record of "Big Guitar" from 1958.  John Barry "signed…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:21

Mr Moses on YouTube.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015 12:40

John Barry on scoring Enigma

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An Interview with John Barry by Ford A. ThaxtonTranscribed & Edited by Randall D. LarsonOriginally published in Soundtrack Magazine Vol.20/No.79,…
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:46

Renault Twingo city car TV ad uses Beat Girl theme

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"Girls about town enjoy the Renault Twingo city car in this TV ad, soundtracked by the main theme from mostly-forgotten…
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:20

John Barry and Jane Birkin 1965 home video

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John Barry and Jane Birkin 1965 home video, presented and commented by Jane Birkin available on Youtube Excerpt from a French…
Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:18

Rare Follow Me! LP cover?

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David N. Butterworth stumbled upon Philips Records (Japan), SYU-1017, 1972, with a cover picture from Follow Me! Turns out this…
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:17

Royal Pageant's flotilla suggestion

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In today's Guardian 24/04/2012, in their G2 supplement whilst referring to the Royal Jubilee and the musical accompaniement to the…
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Here is a rare photo of John Barry talking to Duran Duran's John Taylor. John Barry talking to Duran Duran's…
Friday, 11 November 2011 15:12

Alexander Klein conducts John Barry

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Alexander Klein conducts "The Christmas Wine" and "A Christmas Song" Music by John Barry. Conducted by Alexander Klein. Performed by…
Friday, 11 November 2011 15:11

John Barry's Golden Touch: Discussion

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Miguel Mera is joined by musicians Martin Phipps and Richard Jacques to discuss the work of the late film composer,…
Friday, 02 September 2011 16:10

John Barry interviewed at Rules Restaurant, 1991

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We are very grateful to Mark Jensen for alerting us to a brief interview with John which appears on the…
Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:09

John Barry in 1980s Japanese TV commercial

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John Barry in 1980s Japanese TV commercial - Youtube An intriguing 1980s Japanese TV commercial has appeared on Youtube featuring…
Monday, 20 June 2011 16:08

John's marriage to Jane Sidey - clarification

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We have been contacted by John's third wife, Jane Sidey, who has informed us that contrary to the reference to…
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Give Me A Smile - the 2001 Corina Brouder RAH rehearsal vocal Ruud Rozemeijer Corina Brouder's private rehearsal recording of…
Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:02

John Barry in the Classic FM Hall of Fame

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Nick Taylor, Classic FM "A great deal of John Barry's work has recently been voted in to the Classic FM's…
Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:01

Desert Island Discs, John Barry, BBC Radio 4

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Desert Island Discs, John Barry, BBC Radio 4, First broadcast: Sun 13 Jun 1999. BBC website.
Saturday, 16 April 2011 16:00

Beyondness of Things used by BBC TV

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During April the BBC screened a two-part series on Royal Weddings. During the segment relating to the marriage of the…
Thursday, 31 March 2011 15:59

Elizabeth Taylor in London soundtrack

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"Elizabeth Taylor in London soundtrack danced to the rebel screen queen's tune" "Composed by John Barry, the 1963 TV film's…
Sunday, 06 February 2011 14:57

John Barry Special on All India Radio

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On February 4, 2011 Fali R. Singara did a special show live of John Barry's best themes and his legacy…
Friday, 19 November 2010 15:56

Johnny De Little appeared in pantomimes

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Johnny De Little, a talented vocalist much associated with John Barry in the 60s, appeared in several pantomimes during that…
Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:55

Beat Girl Boots

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It's getting more and more difficult to distinguish between legal and illegal DVD releases. Take Beat Girl. There have been…
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by Geoff Leonard We are quite proud of this website and of the wealth of information about John Barry it…
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JB's 1999 RAH concert - as it was when the BBC were going to be filming the second half. It…
Sunday, 17 October 2010 14:43

IMDb 20 years old today

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IMDb.com is 20 years old today, October 17, 2010 As part of the celebrations, IMDb founder & CEO Col Needham…
Monday, 04 October 2010 14:39

Bassey / Monro / Barry concert cancelled

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In April 1964, the Shirley Bassey/Matt Monro/John Barry concert scheduled for The Colston Hall, Bristol, was cancelled due to poor…
Monday, 04 October 2010 14:39

Beat Girl USA was "Wild for Kicks"

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Beat Girl was released in the USA as "Wild for Kicks". You can see the hilarious trailer for the American…
Monday, 04 October 2010 14:32

Music "exotic strip" scene Beat Girl "Esmeralda"

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The music heard during the "exotic strip" scene in Beat Girl is "Esmeralda" by Benny Bennet. Hear it in full…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:31

John Barry's old villa in Mallorca

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Link to an article about John Barry's old villa in Mallorca. Here's the automated google translation of the same page.…
Friday, 27 August 2010 14:30

Wolf Mankowitz suspected of being communist agent

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In The Guardian (26 Aug.), there was a report titled "To Russia with love: screenwriter suspected of bonding with enemy".…
Saturday, 07 August 2010 14:29

Barry music used in 'The Unforgettable Bob Monkhouse'

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ITV 1 are currently trailing 'The Unforgettable Bob Monkhouse' for viewing on Sunday, 8th August at 9.00pm using JB's Midnight…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 14:29

Jane Birkin reveals that she stripped off

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A short interview with Jane Birkin reveals that she stripped off in Antonion's film Blow-Up as a dare. She was…
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Here is fascinating footage of the stars and the royal party from the Royal Premiere of Born Free in 1966.…
Friday, 23 July 2010 14:26

Rare pictures of John Barry show up

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The latest 007 magazine from Graham Rye features two pictures of John Barry: one has JB with Lionel Bart, Harry…
Monday, 19 July 2010 14:25

Promise Her Anything

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Was the film "Promise Her Anything" (1965) a rejected John Barry score?
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by Geoff Leonard The current edition of INSITE, the quarterly magazine from International network of Somewhere in Time enthusiasts, has…
Monday, 12 July 2010 14:24

Johnny Worth told them to stuff it

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By Johnny Worth (added by Geoff Leonard) I have an interesting story re John Barry. Adam Faith was doing a…
Friday, 14 May 2010 14:23

Mr Moses LP lined up in '60s?

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 by Ian McDonald "Tony Palmer, head of A&R at EMI UA in the mid 60's had this (a Mr. Moses…
Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:22

Dulux advert has Midnight Cowboy as backing track

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Keith Calnan New Dulux advert on ITV has Midnight Cowboy as backing track
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Paul McCartney in an interview with Paul Gambaccini, December 1978: (transcribed by Gareth Bramley) " I was asked to write…
Sunday, 07 March 2010 13:19

A Man Alone - the lyrics

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"A Man Alone" David Butterworth submits: "A Man Alone" - vocal: Pat Boone From (sic.) "The Ipcress File" DOT 16808…
Friday, 05 March 2010 13:19

The Criminal

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A report recently circulated that director Joseph Losey heard John Barry's brassy score for Beat Girl, and wanted him for…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 13:18

Whispers about "The Horse Whisperer"

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Ian Macdonald contributed a fascinating piece to the Barry Yahoo group: I have just been viewing the 'Filmnotgraphy' section of…
Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:15

From Russia With Love - Matt Monro

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From Russia With Love - Matt Monro January 30, 2010 We are grateful to Richard Moore, who was responsible for…
Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:15

John Barry's music used on TV

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January 30, 2010 In the January 28th, 2010 edition of BBC 2's The Culture Show, a feature on Wikileaks, used…
Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:03

1970s John Barry concerts

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MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES (1973) added January 30, 2010 presented by BRYAN FORBES and ROGER MOORE Part I conducted by…
Friday, 29 January 2010 13:01

The Concert John Barry

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"Being one of the lucky ones, I attended the 1972 Filmharmonic Concert at RAH that this album was based on.…

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