.John Barry, far and away Britain s best-known film and popular composer, has made not one but four outstanding contributions to the international music scene. For rock 'n roll fans, The John Barry Seven were pioneers of the emerging British music scene in the 1950s, while his distinctive pizzicato string arrangements for Adam Faith s pre-Beatles successes like What Do You Want? are part of pop music history. Chart aficionados point to commercial successes like Hit and Miss for TV s Juke Box Jury and The Persuaders. But, for millions of film-goers, Barry s greatest achievements, apart from the memorable James Bond film themes and scores, have been the Oscar-winning scores for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves. In John Barry The Man With The Midas Touch, this astonishing 50-year career is celebrated in all its musical facets. The authors, each one an authority as well as a fan, draw not only on their own experience, but also on conversations with Barry himself and people who have known him since his formative years as performer, producer, arranger and writer. More than 300 photographs (120 colour and 180 black and white) celebrate John Barry s entire career, including many never previously published. The most detailed and complete discography yet compiled is another feature of the book, making it an essential reference for enthusiasts and music historians
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol, England in 1947, one of four children to Margaret and Harold Leonard. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.