Johnny Dankworth, RIP

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by PeterBale, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry to hear that Johnny Dankworth has died - the "Sir John" title just doesn't seem right somehow! I never met him myself, although his sister Avril did once adjudicate me in a local music festival (a fine bassoonist). Great encourager of young musicians, regardless of background and interest.

    Interesting faux pas on BBC radio though: mentioning his various achievements they referred to an award for the original theme tune for "The Avengers", and then proceeded to play the better known later theme by Laurie Johnson :eek:
     
  2. b-flatcharlie

    b-flatcharlie Member

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    Interesting faux pas on BBC radio though: mentioning his various achievements they referred to an award for the original theme tune for "The Avengers", and then proceeded to play the better known later theme by Laurie Johnson :eek:[/quote]



    Yes it’s sad to hear this. I remember listening to the original theme tune of The Avengers. Did that series have Honor Blackman at the time? I liked the Diana Rigg episodes better.
     
  3. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

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    He also wrote this:

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  4. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

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    I Loved both Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine. I think hers might have been the first voice I really enjoyed listening to and he was one of the first jazz musicians I cam across.
     
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