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Sir John Dankworth R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Sir John Dankworth R.I.P. Reply with quote

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I'm very sad to announce that Sir John Dankworth, perhaps better known to Avengers fans as Johnny Dankworth, the composer of the original Avengers theme and incidental music library, has died today aged 82. Dankworth was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for his services to music. He was a well-known and much loved jazz performer and his distinctive theme for The Avengers played a part in the series' early success. He is survived by his wife and long-term musical collaborator, Dame Cleo Laine. Rest in peace, Johnny.


another part of the show's history, has moved on..what an interesting career,Johnny did some great film scores..and more...

rest easy !!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The moment Cleo Laine announced Johnny Dankworth's death to an unsuspecting audience.
I read about it on the BBC News site. What a supremely admirable lady.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sadly, the BBC have just made something of a faux-pas on Radio 2 and Radio 4, by playing the Laurie Johnson Avengers theme when presenting a tribute to Dankworth. How sloppy and brainless... Sad


Unfortunately, it's yet another instance where the Rigg era is best known and therefore the other eras get short shrift.


It's actually another instance of sloppy research.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A stark contrast with Dame Cleo and children showing real British character and going on preforming while the media actually confuse his work with someone else's.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a nice tribute on the BBC's 10 o'clock news on BBC1 on Sunday night. No only was The Avengers played but the opening titles were shown from Hot Snow (including the captions for Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and the series itself).

Someone at Television Centre should have helped out their colleagues on Radio's 2 and 4.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was mention on the (BBC) radio of some new recorded work of Johnny's (Sir John Dankworth) that they were going to be playing at some point - I didn't catch the what or when! Did anyone catch it? "The association tracks" or something like that...

Sir John Dankworth was featured on several radio programmes this week, culminating in the obituary programme "The Last Word":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qldxs/Last_Word_12_02_2010/
John Wilson presents the obituary series. Marking the lives of Alexander McQueen, Sir John Dankworth, Charlie Wilson and Ian Carmichael. Broadcast on:BBC Radio 4, 4:00pm Friday 12th February 2010 Duration: 30 minutes Available until: 12:00am Thursday 1st January 2099
(n.b. the BBC's iPlayer may only be available to users in the UK)

There was a tribute also on "Broadcasting House":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qg0qy/Broadcasting_House_07_02_2010/
News and conversation about the big stories of the week, with Paddy O'Connell. Broadcasting House pays tribute to Sir John Dankworth, the jazz legend who has died at the age of 82.


Jez Nelson pays tribute (and plays Dankworth tracks!):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qfcbf/Jazz_on_3_John_Dankworth_Pat_Metheny_Craig_Taborn_Trio/
Other BBC features:

Interesting article, nice pic of Sir John and Cleo:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8513240.stm - this fits in with Jaz Nelson talking about Sir John's interest in educating the next generations of musicians ("Speaking about Dankworth’s legacy, BBC Jazz On 3 presenter Jez Nelson told 6 Music: “He really was British jazz royalty. He was, I guess, the first British jazz figure to be taken really seriously and to build a reputation outside of the UK.

“He was also a fantastic composer. He leaves a great body of work, music that he wrote and arranged, and he was a great saxophonist of course.”

Adding: “Beyond that he was really quite committed to education. He put a lot of time, money and effort into every new generation that came along.”")

Another great pic:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/5006c439-9eb4-4f20-83e2-bd463114c38f

Allard wrote:
A stark contrast with Dame Cleo and children showing real British character and going on preforming while the media actually confuse his work with someone else's.
Let's hope Laurie Johnson didn't hear it and assume he'd died, himself!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.


Really? Where did you read that? That's fascinating.

There were even mentions in the press over here. Even the satirical news/politics program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, gave him a mention.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.


Really? Where did you read that? That's fascinating.

There were even mentions in the press over here. Even the satirical news/politics program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, gave him a mention.


In the new Brief for Murder commentary, Clemens says about how much he loved Dankworth's theme. He had a meeting with Dankworth to discuss his further involvement. He was saddened to lose Dankworth but of course thrilled to welcome Laurie Johnson.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is interesting, as Dankworth made some standard soundtrack music bits but never real soundtrack. Season four would have had a other feel to it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Darren wrote:
Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.


Really? Where did you read that? That's fascinating.

There were even mentions in the press over here. Even the satirical news/politics program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, gave him a mention.


In the new Brief for Murder commentary, Clemens says about how much he loved Dankworth's theme. He had a meeting with Dankworth to discuss his further involvement. He was saddened to lose Dankworth but of course thrilled to welcome Laurie Johnson.


Ah, I haven't listened to any of the commentaries yet, not even on the old set. More things to look forward to.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a tribute programme on BBC Radio 2 on Friday:

Live From The Stables: A Tribute to Sir John Dankworth
Friday 26 February
7:30pm - 9:15pm
BBC Radio 2
Remembering jazz musician Sir John Dankworth, who died recently.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio 2 has made a program, "Remembering Sir John Dankworth," which is now available via iPlayer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y6n33

For those interested. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Darren wrote:
Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.


Really? Where did you read that? That's fascinating.

There were even mentions in the press over here. Even the satirical news/politics program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, gave him a mention.


the overall sound of the series, certainly might have sounded different
if John stayed on...wonder if it would evolved ?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was talk of him returning for the Linda Thorson series when John Bryce was in charge.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jacqui Dankworth was talking about her father and singing on Jazz 625 BBC 4 Extra last night, which was nice.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mousemeat wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Darren wrote:
Very interesting to learn that Clemens actually asked Johnny Dankworth to stay on for the film series to score each episode but he was too busy to commit to that level of work load.


Really? Where did you read that? That's fascinating.

There were even mentions in the press over here. Even the satirical news/politics program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, gave him a mention.


the overall sound of the series, certainly might have sounded different
if John stayed on...wonder if it would evolved ?


Dankworth composed so many great scores during the 60's. Actually composing for specific episodes would have changed his approach - all his videotape music was essentially non-specific library music.
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