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John Williams

Knowledge Identifier: +John_Williams


John Williams

American composer, conductor and pianist add

Category: Music

Born in 1932.

Countries: United States (72%), (13%), United Kingdom (4%)

Main connections: Boston Pops Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

Linked to: American Broadcasting Company, Broadcast Music Incorporated, American Film Institute, BBC




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John Williams was born in 1932 add something


In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John attended North Hollywood High School graduating in 1950 add something


In 1952, Williams was drafted into the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for The U.S. Air Force Band as part of his assignments add something


After his Air Force service ended in 1955, Williams moved to New York City and entered The Juilliard School, where he studied piano with Rosina Lhévinne add something


Williams was married to actress Barbara Ruick from 1956 until her death on March 1, 1974 add something


Barbara Ruick - She was the wife of film composer John Williams from 1956 until her death


Williams's first film composition was for the 1958 B movie "Daddy-O", and his first screen credit came two years later in "Because They're Young add something


Williams recorded with Henry Mancini the film scores of 1959's "Peter Gunn", 1962's "Days of Wine and Roses", and 1963's "Charade" add something


Williams was known as "Little Johnny Love" Williams during the early 1960s, and he served as music arranger and bandleader for a series of popular music albums with the singer Frankie Laine add something


Williams received his first Academy award nomination for his film score for 1967's "Valley of the Dolls", and was nominated again for his score for 1969's "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" add something


" The young director had been impressed with Williams' score for the 1969 film "The Reivers", and Spielberg was convinced that Williams could compose the musical sound that he desired for any of his films add something


Williams broke through to win his first Academy award for his film score in the 1971 film "Fiddler on the Roof" add something


He wrote a very memorable score for the 1972 film "The Cowboys", a western starring John Wayne and directed by Mark Rydell add something


In 1972, he composed the score for the Robert Altman-directed psychological thriller "Images" which earned him another nomination in the category 'Best Music, Original Dramatic Score' at the 1973 Academy awards add something


In 1974, director Steven Spielberg approached Williams to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, "The Sugarland Express add something


In addition, he scored Universal's 1974 film "Earthquake" for director Mark Robson, completing a "trinity" of scores for the decade's highest-grossing "disaster films add something


The Towering Inferno - The score was composed and conducted by John Williams, with orchestrations by Herbert W. Spencer and Al Woodbury, and was recorded at the 20th Century Fox scoring stage on 31 October and 4, 7 and 11 November 1974


Jerry Jemmott - After Jemmott's recording sessions started to decline in 1975, he continued to work in film and theater as an arranger and conductor, working with John Williams, The Boston Pops and Bette Midler


London Symphony Orchestra - Another milestone in the LSO's history in film music was in 1977 with the recording of John Williams's score for the first of the six "Star Wars" films


Williams worked with director Richard Donner to score the 1978 film "Superman add something


Christopher Reeve - The scenes of Reeve and Welling feature music cues from the 1978 "Superman" movie, composed by John Williams and arranged by Mark Snow


Boston Pops Orchestra - After Fiedler's death in 1979, he was succeeded as conductor of the Boston Pops by the noted film composer John Williams


From 1980 to 1993, Williams succeeded Arthur Fiedler as the Boston Pops Orchestra's Principal Conductor add something


His arrival as the Pops' new leader in the spring of 1980 allowed him to devote part of the Pops' first PBS broadcast of the season to presenting his new compositions for "The Empire Strikes Back", in addition to conducting many Fiedler audience favorites add something


Williams has composed numerous classical concerti, and he served as the Boston Pops Orchestra's principal conductor from 1980 to 1993; he is now the orchestra's conductor laureate add something


Williams was made an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi at Boston University in the late 1980s add something


John Williams married his second wife, Samantha Winslow, on July 21, 1980 add something


Boston Symphony Orchestra - Film composer John Williams succeeded Fiedler as the conductor of the Pops from 1980 to 1993


For the 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark", created by Lucas and directed by Spielberg, Williams wrote a rousing main theme known as "The Raiders March" to accompany the film's hero, Indiana Jones add something


Williams composed an emotional and sensitive score to Spielberg's 1982 fantasy film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" add something


Williams almost ended his tenure with the Pops in 1984 add something


Anything Goes (Cole Porter song) - Almost two decades later, the song was at least partially translated into Mandarin for the 1984 film, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", presumably with some assistance from John Williams, who arranged the film score


In 1985, Williams was commissioned by NBC to compose a television news music package for various network news spots add something


The 1985 film "The Color Purple" is the only Steven Spielberg-directed theatrical feature for which Williams did not serve as composer add something


The Spielberg-Williams collaboration resumed with the director's 1987 film "Empire of the Sun", and has continued to the present, spanning genres from science fiction thrillers ", to somber tragedies ", to Eastern-tinged melodramas , to dramatic war films " add something


Michael Dukakis - Famed composer John Williams wrote "Fanfare for Michael Dukakis" in 1988 at the request of Dukakis's father-in-law, Harry Ellis Dickson


His bassoon concerto, "The Five Sacred Trees," which was premiered by the New York Philharmonic and principal bassoon player Judith LeClair in 1995, was recorded for Sony Classical by Williams with LeClair and the London Symphony Orchestra add something


In 1995, he was succeeded by Keith Lockhart, the former associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra add something


James Taylor - They had begun dating in 1995, when they met as he appeared with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra


Yo-Yo Ma - In 1997, he was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood film "Seven Years in Tibet"


Simon Proctor - Douglas Yeo performed it again on 31 March 1997 at New England Conservatory, and on 29 and 30 May 1997 with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams, both in Boston


In 1999, George Lucas launched the first of a series of prequels to the original "Star Wars" trilogy add something


Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 add something


In 2003, the International Olympic Committee accorded Williams its highest individual honor, the Olympic Order add something


Williams makes annual appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and took part as conductor and composer in the orchestra's opening gala concerts for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003 add something


In 2004, Williams both served as the Grand Marshall for the Rose Parade, and directed the Star Spangled Banner at the Rose Bowl's beginning add something


In 2004, he received Kennedy Center Honors add something


In February 2004, April 2006, and September 2007, he conducted the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City add something


He won a Classic Brit award in 2005 for his soundtrack work of the previous year add something


In 2006, "Superman Returns" was completed under Bryan Singer's direction, best known for directing the first two films in the "X-Men" series add something


Its unprecedented popularity led to two concerts in 2006: fundraising gala events featuring personal recollections by film directors Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg add something


Hollywood Symphony Orchestra - Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry_Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrmann


Elliot Goldenthal - Los Angeles Opera - It had its world premiere in early June 2006 at the Los Angeles Opera, the role of Grendel performed by Eric Owens, with an audience containing the likes of John Williams and Emmy_Rossum; the opus was added to the Los Angeles Opera's permanent repertoire and earned Goldenthal a nomination in April 2007 for the Pulitzer Prize for Music


Continuing demand fueled three more concerts in 2007, which all sold out add something


For Game 1 of the 2007 World Series, Williams conducted a brass-and-drum ensemble through a new dissonant arrangement of the "Star Spangled Banner add something


Itzhak Perlman - He performed John Williams's "Air and Simple Gifts" at the 2009 inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama along with Yo-Yo Ma , Gabriela Montero , and Anthony McGill


Great Performances - In 2009, new theme music for "Great Performances" was introduced, composed by John Williams


Yo-Yo Ma - He performed John Williams's "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, along with Itzhak Perlman , Gabriela Montero , and Anthony McGill


Gabriela Montero - Montero performed John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill at the inauguration of U.S. president Barack Obama on January 20, 2009


After a three-year absence from film scoring, Williams composed the scores for Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse" in 2011 add something


In 2011, the "Main Title Theme" and elements of "Can You Read My Mind" were notably used in the final scene of "Finale," the series finale of the WB/CW television series "Smallville" add something


After a three-season absence, Williams conducted the Philharmonic once again in October 2011 add something


War Horse (film) - The film score by John Williams was recorded in late March 2011 and early April 2011


In 2012, Williams scored Spielberg's film "Lincoln" and subsequently received his 48th Academy award nomination add something


Williams won an Annie award for his score for "The Adventures of Tintin" in 2012 add something


ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra - The orchestra played some of the most recognized film scores of the American composer John Williams in its first solo concert, "The Magic of John Williams" on September 2, 2012 at the Meralco Theater


In 2013, Williams was presented with the Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement award add something


In May 2013, he confirmed that he will score "Episode VII" add something


Star Wars: The Force Awakens - After several off-hand remarks on returning, John Williams was confirmed to compose the score for "Episode VII" in July 2013


The performance was held at "A Capitol Fourth", an Independence Day celebration concert in Washington DC, July 4th, 2014 add something


The performance was held at "A Capitol Fourth", an Independence Day celebration concert in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2014 add something


However, in March 2015, it was announced that Thomas Newman would replace Williams for the film, as Williams' schedule was interrupted by a minor health issue and he became unavailable to score the film add something


He will receive the 2016 AFI Life Achievement award add something


Williams will be honored with the AFI Life Achievement award in 2016, becoming the first composer to receive the award add something


Williams will receive the AFI Life Achievement award in June 2016 add something


On June 9, 2016, an interview with "Variety" stated he "expects" to start working on it in 2017 if attached to the project add something


In 2016, Williams composed the score for Spielberg's "The BFG" which opens in July 2016 add something


At a Tanglewood concert in August 2016, Williams confirmed he is scheduled to start scoring the film add something


Charles Hamilton (rapper) - On April 29, 2016 Hamilton would release a new mixtape entitled "Cloud 9" the mixtape would be a dedication to artists The-Dream, Giorgio Moroder, Jazmine Sullivan, John Williams & R. Kelly, Hamilton would release a collaboration mixtape entitled "Smart Water" with fellow artist Enjetic


A three-disc box set compilation of all of William's musical scores for Steven Spielberg's films, titled "John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection", will be released on March 17, 2017, which will include two previous score compilations from 1991 and 1995 add something


In May 2017, Williams was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Harvard University add something


On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed John Williams among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something