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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 24 April 1941Melbourne, Australia
Birth NameJohn Christopher Williams

Mini Bio (1)

John Williams was born on April 24, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia as John Christopher Williams. He is known for his work on The Deer Hunter (1978), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Great Expectations (1998).

Spouse (1)

Sue Cook (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Classical guitarist who formed the group Sky.
Names Django Reinhardt and Andrés Segovia as his earliest influences.
His recording of "Cavatina," released as a single in 1979, became his only hit single in the British pop charts, reaching #13 and staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
Studied piano and music theory at the Royal College of Music. Guitar courses were not available.
Taught guitar at the Royal College of Music from 1960 to 1973.
Studied under Andrés Segovia at Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena.
Often confused with John Williams, who is also a musician.

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm certainly learning all the time, although I don't know if I'm improving. I'm doing quite a bit of medieval and Irish music at the moment, and when you go into specialist areas like that, you learn a lot because it's not easy music to play. A lot of classical musicians think that folk and traditional music is easy to play, but it's actually very difficult to get the real feel of it. Understanding the feeling and the tradition - and communicating that - is much more difficult than mastering the technique itself.
I was more of a Clapton (Eric Clapton) than a Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix) fan. I do like the blues: it's not something I can play, but I love the culture and the music. The whole history of blues going into jazz and then rock fascinates me.

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