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Also Known As: Died: December 7, 1998
Born: March 16, 1920 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: composer, music teacher

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A versatile, prolific talent who entered films in the late 1940s and quickly proved equally adept at scoring comedy or drama, John Addison hit a creative peak a decade later with the British film renaissance. He composed sprightly classical melodies as well as moody jazz scores for the "Angry Young Men" films of the 1960s, as evidenced by his significant contribution to a goodly number of Tony Richardson films, including "Look Back in Anger" (1959), "The Entertainer" (1960), "A Taste of Honey" (1961), "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962) and the Oscar-winning, "Tom Jones" (1963).In the 1970s, Addison relocated to California where he continued to provide scores for such films as "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (1976) and Richard Attenborough's WWII-epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). The prolific composer found a new outlet in TV, providing the memorable theme to the long-running CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-96) as well as the scores for a variety of miniseries (e.g., "Centennial," NBC 1978-79; "Ellis Island," CBS 1984) TV-movies (e.g., "A Death in Canaan," CBS 1978), and other series (i.e., "Nero Wolfe," NBC 1981). Addison continued to compose classical pieces as well, including the...

A versatile, prolific talent who entered films in the late 1940s and quickly proved equally adept at scoring comedy or drama, John Addison hit a creative peak a decade later with the British film renaissance. He composed sprightly classical melodies as well as moody jazz scores for the "Angry Young Men" films of the 1960s, as evidenced by his significant contribution to a goodly number of Tony Richardson films, including "Look Back in Anger" (1959), "The Entertainer" (1960), "A Taste of Honey" (1961), "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962) and the Oscar-winning, "Tom Jones" (1963).

In the 1970s, Addison relocated to California where he continued to provide scores for such films as "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (1976) and Richard Attenborough's WWII-epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). The prolific composer found a new outlet in TV, providing the memorable theme to the long-running CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-96) as well as the scores for a variety of miniseries (e.g., "Centennial," NBC 1978-79; "Ellis Island," CBS 1984) TV-movies (e.g., "A Death in Canaan," CBS 1978), and other series (i.e., "Nero Wolfe," NBC 1981). Addison continued to compose classical pieces as well, including the Bassoon Concertina which had its premiere in Manchester in 1998.

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1977:
Earned a BAFTA for his music score for the WWII drama "A Bridge Too Far"
1989:
Final film score, "To Die For", a vampire drama
1976:
Moved to California; began working in television
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Scored the music for several stage productions of the new British playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre including John Osborne's "The Entertainer", "Luther" in the mid-1950s
1978:
Scored the NBC mininseries "Centennial"
1990:
Settled in Vermont
1984:
Composed the theme for the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote"
1948:
First film score for "The Guinea Pig"
1998:
Premiered his Bassoon Concertina in Manchester, England
1976:
Scored "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"
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Wrote score for ballets, "Carte Blanche" and "Cat's Cradle"
1959:
First film collaboration with director Tony Richardson, "Look Back in Anger"
1984:
Provided the songs and the musical underscoring for the CBS miniseries "Ellis Island"
1990:
Scored the NBC mininseries "The Phantom of the Opera"
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Taught at the Royal College of Music
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Composed British musical revue, "Cranks" and the stage musicals "The Amazons" and "Popkiss"
1963:
Received an Oscar for his musical score for Richardson's "Tom Jones"
1978:
Reteamed with Richardson for the TV-movie "A Death in Canaan" (CBS)
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Education

Wellington College: -
Royal Academy of Music: -

Notes

Served as a professor for the Royal College of Music.

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wife:
Pamela Addison. Survived him.

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sister:
Jill Lucas. Survived him.
step-son:
Rex Birchenough. Survived him.
step-daughter:
Sandra Stapleton. Survived him.
son:
Jonathan Addison. Survived him.
son:
Daniel Addison. Survived him.
daughter:
Lucinda Sanderson. Survived him.
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