After years of being out of fashion, the lunch, romantic , sweeping full-orchestral score made a major comeback in John Towner Williams’ score for the blockbuster Star Wars. Pretty good for a classically trained pianist who first became known as a jazz player and arranger. Williams was born in Flushing, New York on February 8, 1932, the son of Johnny Williams, for years drummer on staff at CBS radio. Besides playing jazz piano, Williams played in many studio orchestras and eventually broke into series television in the late ’50s. After years of scoring musicals, light comedies and movies, Williams scored a major success in 1975 with Jaws. Just one year later Star Wars made him the number one composer in Hollywood. Its soundtrack album became the biggest-selling symphonic film score in histroy. Such themes as “E.T.“, “Raiders March” and the themes from the Schindler’ list and staples at the pop concerts all over the world. For many years, Williams conducted the Boston Pops and became a familiar face via the orchestra’s television broadcasts.
Some of his scores:
Goodbye, my Chips! (1969)
Star Wars (1976)
Indiana Jones triology (1981, 1984, 1989)