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Overview (3)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Birth NameJohn Stanley Livingstone Harris
Nickname The Boot

Mini Bio (1)

Johnny Harris was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 1932 (of Welsh parentage) and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London. He originally played trumpet with English big bands in the 50's and started freelance writing and arranging in the early 60's before he was hired by Tony Hatch for Pye Records in 1965. He became well known for his wild style of conducting which was inspired by touring with Tom Jones and he went on to win Eurovision 1969 with Lulu and 'Boom Bang-a-Bang'. Director Richard C. Sarafian had heard his 1969 space-age easy listening hit single 'Footprints On The Moon' and offered him his first British film score for the psycho-thriller 'Fragment Of Fear' because he liked 'the spiky sounds' that Johnny created on the 45. Johnny would score a number of cult British films with mates like Sarafian and Richard Harris before he left for the US in 1972 to work with Paul Anka. He continued his film/tv work in America on such legendary shows like Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century and award winning specials with Lynda Carter who remains his greatest supporter in the US.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Darren Stuart

Trivia (2)

Johnny arranged the opening Buck Rogers in the 25th Century theme music composed by Stu Phillips. The first 45 seconds where Buck is spinning is an original Johnny Harris composition up until Stu's theme starts.
He won the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid, Spain 1969 with Lulu performing 'Boom Bang-a-Bang'.

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