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Johnny Pearson (I) (1925–2011)

Johnny Pearson was born on June 18, 1925 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK. He was a composer, known for Children of Men (2006), Nightcrawler (2014) and Black Dynamite (2009). He was previously married to Alex Thorpe. He died on March 20, 2011 in the UK. See full bio »

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(age 85) in UK

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Known For

Children of Men Soundtrack
(2006)
Nightcrawler Soundtrack
(2014)
Black Dynamite Music Department
(2009)
Hawkeye Soundtrack

Filmography

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 2019 The Blue Shell Incident (Video short)
 2009 Black Dynamite (composer: stock music)
 2007 Dusty Springfield: Live at the BBC (Video) (arranged by) / (musical direction) / (orchestrated by)
 1978-1987 3-2-1 (TV Series) (composer - 64 episodes)
- Christmas Special 1987 (1987) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #10.12 (1987) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #10.11 (1987) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #10.10 (1987) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #10.9 (1987) ... (composer: theme music)
 1985 Natural World (TV Series documentary) (music arranged by - 1 episode)
- Edward Lear: On the Edge of the Sand (1985) ... (music arranged by)
 1985 Maelstrom (TV Mini Series) (conductor - 6 episodes)
- Out of the Depths (1985) ... (conductor)
- Into the Vortex (1985) ... (conductor)
- House of Secrets (1985) ... (conductor)
- In Possession (1985) ... (conductor)
- Shadows (1985) ... (conductor)
 1984 Scream for Help (conductor) / (music arranger) / (orchestrator)
  Record Breakers (TV Series documentary) (musical arrangements - 11 episodes, 1974 - 1983) (musical director - 9 episodes, 1976 - 1983)
- All Star Summer Show (1983) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
- All Star Record Breakers 1982 (1982) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
- All Star Record Breakers 1981 (1981) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
- Episode #9.11 (1980) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
- The All Star Record Breakers: 1980 (1980) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
  Top of the Pops (TV Series) (musical director - 544 episodes, 1970 - 1981) (orchestra director - 188 episodes, 1966 - 1974) (conductor - 1 episode, 1973)
- Top of the Pops '80: Part 2 (1981) ... (musical director)
- Top of the Pops '80: Part 1 (1980) ... (musical director)
- Episode #17.31 (1980) ... (musical director)
- Episode #17.30 (1980) ... (musical director)
- Episode #17.29 (1980) ... (musical director)
 1979-1980 Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes)
- Star Awards 1980 (1980) ... (musical director)
- Star Awards 1979 (1979) ... (musical director)
 1978-1980 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series) (composer - 28 episodes)
- Be Prepared (1980) ... (composer: title music - uncredited)
- Merry Gentlemen (1978) ... (composer: title music - uncredited)
- A Dog's Life (1978) ... (composer: title music - uncredited)
- Pups, Pigs and Pickle (1978) ... (composer: title music - uncredited)
- Ways and Means (1978) ... (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1978 Let's Get Laid (conductor)
 1977 Let's Make a Musical (TV Series) (musical director - 6 episodes)
- Mr. Polly (1977) ... (musical director)
- White Horse Inn (1977) ... (musical director)
- The Card (1977) ... (musical director)
- Chu Chin Chow (1977) ... (musical director)
- Pickwick (1977) ... (musical director)
 1976 Sil de strandjutter (TV Mini Series) (conductor - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1976) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.6 (1976) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.5 (1976) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... (conductor)
 1969-1975 Division 4 (TV Series) (composer - 300 episodes)
- Today Ends at Dawn (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- His Word Against Mine (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Agnes Triumphant (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- 1956 and All That (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Horrie and Charlie (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
 1974-1975 Roy Castle Beats Time (TV Series) (musical advisor - 8 episodes)
- Episode #2.6 (1975) ... (musical advisor)
- Episode #2.3 (1975) ... (musical advisor)
- Episode #2.1 (1975) ... (musical advisor)
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... (musical advisor)
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... (musical advisor)
 1970-1974 In Concert (TV Series) (musical director - 6 episodes)
- Paul Williams 2 (1974) ... (musical director)
- Martin Mull (1973) ... (musical director)
- The Carpenters (1971) ... (musical director)
- Mary Travers (1971) ... (musical director)
- Neil Diamond (1971) ... (musical director)
  The Talk of the Town (TV Series) (orchestra director - 2 episodes, 1974) (musical director - 2 episodes, 1972)
- The Carpenters (1974) ... (orchestra director)
- Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974) ... (orchestra director)
- Glen Campbell (1972) ... (musical director)
- Nancy Wilson (1972) ... (musical director)
  Sez Les (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 1973) (music arranger - 1 episode, 1973)
- That's Christmas Sez Les! (1973) ... (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1973 Colour My Soul (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... (musical director)
 1973 Music My Way (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Dusty Springfield (1973) ... (musical director)
 1973 Our Kid (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes)
- The Last of the All-Rounders (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- Ali Baba and the Forty Begonias (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Turn of the Worm (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- No Women After Ten (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- Odd Man Out (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
 1972 Mary: Rhymes and Reasons (TV Series) (musical director - 6 episodes)
- Tradition (1972) ... (musical director)
- The City (1972) ... (musical director)
- Love (1972) ... (musical director)
- Women (1972) ... (musical director)
- Country Life (1972) ... (musical director)
 1972 Sounds for Saturday (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Tom Paxton and Friends (1972) ... (musical director)
 1971 The Carpenters (TV Special) (musical director)
 1971 Owen, M.D. (TV Series) (composer: theme "Sleepy Shores")
 1970 NFL Monday Night Football (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1969 Decidedly Dusty (TV Series) (musical director - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (1969) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.7 (1969) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.5 (1969) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... (musical director)
 1969 The Last Shot You Hear (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1969 The Record Star Show (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1968 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (Documentary) (composer: additional music - as John Pearson)
 1968 BBC Show of the Week (TV Series) (orchestra director - 1 episode)
- Dusty (1968) ... (orchestra director)
 1968 Time for Blackburn (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.20 (1968) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (musical director)
 1968 The Esther & Abi Ofarim Show (TV Series) (musical director - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.5 (1968) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.3 (1968) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.2 (1968) ... (musical director)
  Dusty (TV Series) (musical director - 12 episodes, 1966 - 1967) (musical arrangements - 1 episode, 1967) (musical arrangement - 1 episode, 1967)
- Episode #2.6 (1967) ... (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
- Episode #2.5 (1967) ... (musical director)
- Episode #2.4 (1967) ... (musical arrangement) / (musical director)
- Episode #2.3 (1967) ... (musical director)
- Episode #2.2 (1967) ... (musical director)
 1967 The Jokers (conductor)
 1966 Seven Deadly Sins (TV Series) (composer - 3 episodes)
- The Erpingham Camp (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- In the Night (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- My Friend Corby (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
 1965 Mother Goose (TV Movie) (music associate)
 1965 Ready, Steady, Go! (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.46 (1965) ... (musical director)
 1965 Curse of the Fly (orchestrator)
 1964 Club Night (TV Series) (conductor - 5 episodes)
- Episode #2.0 (1964) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.13 (1964) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.12 (1964) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.8 (1964) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.7 (1964) ... (conductor)
 1964 Song Boat (TV Mini Series) (musical arrangements by - 4 episodes)
- Buckler's Hard to Beaulieu (1964) ... (musical arrangements by)
- Bray to Boulter's Lock (1964) ... (musical arrangements by)
- Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight (1964) ... (musical arrangements by)
- Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge (1964) ... (musical arrangements by)
 1963 Taxi! (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Villain (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
Show Show Composer (22 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (75 credits)
Show Show Self (10 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Composed signature tune for Independent Television (UK) "News At Ten" (1967, still in use for many news bulletins in modified form), and two pieces of start of day music: "Sound and Vision" for Grampian Television, and "Midlands Montage" for Associated Television (both UK) (latter used 1976-1981).

Alternate Names:

The Johnny Pearson Orchestra | The Johnny Pearson Trio | John Pearson

Spouse:

Alex Thorpe  (his death)
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Trivia:

After leaving the Malcolm Mitchell Trio, Pearson turned his talents to British radio, as well as performing in the Peter York Concert Orchestra. See more »

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