sexta-feira, 15 de maio de 2009

Johnny Pearson - Sleepy Shores

  1. Sleepy Shores
  2. Summer Of '42
  3. Today I Met My Love
  4. Londonderry Air
  5. Three Coins In The Fountain
  6. People
  7. Lazy Silhouettes
  8. Concerto De Aranjuez
  9. Morning Has Broken
  10. Green Leaves Of Summer
  11. Les Deux Marionettes
  12. Stranger On The Shore 
Sleepy Shores

Johnny Pearson (born 18 June 1925, Plaistow, London) is a British composer and pianist. He has written a catalogue of library music, and has had many of his pieces used as the theme music to television series, including 3-2-1, All Creatures Great and Small, Captain Pugwash, Mary Mungo & Midge and ITN's News at Ten (the last of which was titled "The Awakening"). He also wrote the Grampian Television start-up music "Sounds On" and the ATV startup theme "Midlands Montage", as well as music used during intervals between schools programmes on ITV.

He was pianist in the group Sounds Orchestral, who had a number 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart in early 1965 with "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". As leader of the Johnny Pearson Orchestra, he reached number 8 in the UK chart in early 1972 with "Sleepy Shores", theme from the TV series Owen MD. Pearson is also known to have composed under the pseudonym 'Oscar Brandenburg', a name he shared with Neil Richardson and Alan Moorhouse.

He was also musical director of Top of the Pops for many years until the early 1980s, conducting the programme's orchestra which provided backing for live and pre-recorded performances of current hits. In some cases, notably Althea & Donna's reggae song "Uptown Top Ranking", Pearson's versions sounded rather different from the original records. However, for some other styles of song, Pearson's arrangements and orchestrations could subtly improve on the original record versions. One example is Pearson's addition of a punchy brass backing to Amen Corner's cover version of "Bend Me, Shape Me", in the programme broadcast on 15 February 1968, which is one of the few surviving recordings of a complete Top of the Pops broadcast from the 1960s. His orchestra's version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" was the theme tune to Top of the Pops for most of the 1970s.

In the United States, Pearson's best known composition is "Heavy Action", originally used as the theme to the cult BBC sports show Superstars, and subsequently adopted by ABC's Monday Night Football (the NFL's weekly nationally televised showcase) and the SFM Holiday Network. In 1989, Edd Kalehoff composed and recorded a new arrangement of this music for later seasons of Monday Night Football.

In Australia, his best known library music piece was "Power Drive," which was used as the theme for the 1969-75 police drama Division 4. This tune was also famous in the U.S. for use in some episodes of the 1967-70 cartoon series Spider-Man, as well as being the theme for Los Angeles station KNXT/KCBS-TV's afternoon movie series The Early Show for much of the 1970s and into the 1980s.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

2 comentários:

  1. Muy buen disco. Una versión inolvidable de "Verano del 42".

  2. Belas melodias...Obrigado pela excelente música!!!


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