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Sir John Dankworth R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Sir John Dankworth R.I.P. Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad to hear this. I've never claimed to be a huge fan of the Dankworth theme, but it's always sad to hear that another part of the Avengers' history has passed. My thoughts are with his wife. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very sad. He kept working up until recently doing what he loved.

Thoughts with Cleo and their children.

His Avengers music was just a tiny part of a major career of course.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very sad news. My thoughts are with his friends & family - especially Cleo.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always liked the original theme. Patrick Macnee said he preferred it to the Laurie Johnson theme. I like how in the early episodes, music is used sparingly, often just for emphasis when a character says something dramatic.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about the passing of Johnny Dankworth. My thoughts are with his family. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP Johnny D.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought he didn't look himself the last time I saw him on The Paul O'Grady Show. God bless.

My thoughts are with Cleo Laine, son Alec (also a musician) and singer, actress daughter Jaqui.

Apart from The Avengers Johnny was one of Britain's leading Jazz icons and also wrote the TV theme to another British TV classic, Tomorrow's World as well as scoring Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and Victim.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news to hear the man who set the tone for the Avengers is no more. And grateful for the great music he made for the Avengers.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same on Dutch public Teletext, is states that his theme tune was used in the 60s and 70s.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never really knew much about the guy or his work, but it's always sad when another piece of Avengers history passes.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's sad.

It's great that the new, better versions of his episodes are coming out to be cherished by a new generation.

Not a jazz fan, but I always loved the "Tomorrow's World" theme!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very poor on the part of the BBC. I was listening to Radio 2 on my way to playing tennis and couldn't believe they had played the wrong music. Still, it was good that they had Dankworth as their breaking news. His contribution to music was important and The Avengers' cultural importance was demonstrated once again.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First Diana Rigg 'Former Avenger' and now this. Pull your socks up, BBC! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are two different recordings of his Avengers theme on itunes, so it's not like they'd have difficulty getting hold of it.

It reminds me of Honor Blackman being on Paul O'Grady and as she came on the Johnson theme played and he said to her, "They're playing the wrong theme!".
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R.I.P. Johnny Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The moment Cleo Laine announced Johnny Dankworth's death to an unsuspecting audience.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/7185109/Sir-John-Dankworth-this-one-is-for-Johnny-gone-but-not-forgotten.html

"The family had been on stage for half of the set and hadn't shown anything but enthusiasm and respect for the music and of entertaining... And then suddenly it was announce on stage, in a really beautiful way by Dame Cleo herself.

"The instant shock that went through this very close, intimate audience was like we all simultaneously took an intake of breath."

Monica Ferguson, the chief executive of the venue, The Stables, in Wavendon, near Milton Keynes, added: "I think the audience had a great sense of shock. There were a lot of gasps, and people I spoke to afterwards were visibly shaken and moved by it."

Miss Ferguson said Dame Cleo, 82, had broken the news to the performers before the concert, which marked the 40th anniversary of the venue, telling them: "Iíll go on and Iíll have a lump in my throat and I might crack."

"She felt that it was really important to go ahead with the show," said Miss Ferguson.

"She wanted to maintain a sense of the concert being a celebration because Sir John had put a lot of thought into it, she wanted to make sure that we didnít bring the audience down."
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R.I.P. Sir Johnny Dankworth, a true musical giant.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
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.
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