Saturday, June 19, 2010

Remembering Johnny Douglas

John Henry Douglas was born on June 19, 1920 in Hackney, London, England. He composed scores for 37 feature films, among them “The Railway Children” (1971). He was a master at arranging string instruments. He started his own record label 'Dulcima Records' in 1983, which is still in business today re-mastering and recording his more than 80 albums onto CD. Douglas was a musical director for DECCA and recorded over 500 tracks of music. Johnny composed the scores for two Euro-westerns: “Gunfighters of Casa Grande” (1963) and “Kid Rodelo” (1965). Johnny died on 4/20/2003, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, U.K.. Today we remember Johnny Douglas on what would have been his 90th birthday.

3 comments:

  1. Biltmore: He also did a cover version of the theme from A Fistful of Dollars for a LP, prior to the release of its US release. In the recent Phantom of the Video magazine, Richard Harrison mentions the preview version of the film had a different score. I wish I still had the LP.

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  2. Biltmore: Mr Douglas also did a cover version of A Fistful of Dollars, for a western LP (C.1965), prior to the film getting a North American release. I wish I had kept the LP. Richard Harrison in an interview in Phantom of the Videodrome, mentions that Fistful during its preview week had a different non Morricone score.

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  3. In the U.S. we had cover versions of the $ films by Leroy Holmes and Hugo Montenegro. Since the release dates in the U.S. were held up for 3 years because of the Kurosawa lawsuit we had to listen to what we could get which just wetted our appetite for the real thing.

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