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John Dankworth (1927–2010)

Attended the Royal Academy of Music beginning at the age of 17. His first American professional appearance occurred at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1959. He founded the London Symphony Orchestra's Pops Program and served as the orchestra's Pops Musical Director. See full bio »

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 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie) (music arranger: Cleo Laine's songs)
 1989 No Strings (TV Series) (composer - 7 episodes)
- Just a Bowl of Cherries (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- State of Affairs (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Let's Do It (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- One Man's Meat (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- On Such a Night as This (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
 1979 Telford's Change (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1978 The Medusa Touch (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1975 The Kingfisher Caper (conductor)
 1973 The Jack Jones Show (TV Series) (arranger)
 1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- The Vamp (1972) ... (music by)
 1969-1971 Bird's-Eye View (TV Series documentary) (composer - 13 episodes)
- A Land for All Seasons (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Inis Fail: Isle of Destiny (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Wales: The Western Stronghold (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- From Bishop Rock to Muckle Flugga (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Eastern Approaches (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
 1971 10 Rillington Place (conductor)
 1970 Perfect Friday (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1970 The Last Grenade (conductor)
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- The Wife of Bath's Tale/The Clerk's Tale (1969) ... (conductor)
 1969 Love You Madly: A Salute to Duke Ellington (TV Movie) (arranger)
 1968 The Magus (conductor)
 1968 Salt and Pepper (conductor)
 1967 The Last Safari (conductor)
 1967 Fathom (conductor)
 1966 Modesty Blaise (conductor)
 1966 The Idol (musical director)
 1965 Sands of the Kalahari (conductor)
 1965 Return from the Ashes (musical director)
 1965 Darling (conductor)
 1965 Tomorrow's World (TV Series documentary) (composer: signature tune - 1967-1981)
 1964 Search for a Star (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Grand Final (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
 1964 Beyond the Fringe (TV Movie documentary) (theme music performed by - as The Johnny Dankworth Seven)
  The Avengers (TV Series) (composer and performer - 52 episodes, 1962 - 1964) (composer - 26 episodes, 1961)
- Lobster Quadrille (1964) ... (composer and performer: theme - as Johnny Dankworth)
- Esprit De Corps (1964) ... (composer and performer: theme - as Johnny Dankworth)
- Concerto (1964) ... (composer and performer: theme - as Johnny Dankworth)
- The Charmers (1964) ... (composer and performer: theme - as Johnny Dankworth)
- The Outside-In Man (1964) ... (composer and performer: theme - as Johnny Dankworth)
 1963 The Servant (conductor)
 1962 All Night Long (new musical numbers by - as Johnny Dankworth)
 1961 Hamilton the Musical Elephant (Short) (musician: saxophone - uncredited)
 1960 Concrete Jungle (conductor - as Johnny Dankworth)
 1960 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (conductor - as Johnny Dankworth)
 1959 Sapphire (musician: saxophone - uncredited)
 1958 The Whole Truth (musician: saxophone - as Johnny Dankworth)
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Composed "The Widespread World of Rediffusion", used as start of day music by Rediffusion TV (UK). See more »

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1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny Dankworth | Sir John Dankworth | The John Dankworth Quintet | The Johnny Dankworth Quintet | The Johnny Dankworth Seven | Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra

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He was knighted in the 2006 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to music. See more »

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