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Battle Of Britain | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin & Sir William Walton)
Battle Of Britain | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin & Sir William Walton)
Published: 2010/11/06
Channel: Soundtrack Fred
Ron Goodwin - Murder She Says (Miss Marple
Ron Goodwin - Murder She Says (Miss Marple's Theme)
Published: 2008/02/14
Channel: sunshinepoprevival
Where Eagles Dare | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Where Eagles Dare | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Published: 2012/10/15
Channel: Soundtrack Fred
رون جودوين - البنت الشلبية - Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra-Al Bint Al Shalabiya
رون جودوين - البنت الشلبية - Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra-Al Bint Al Shalabiya
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: Mona Zidany
Ron Goodwin - Music in orbit (1958)  Full vinyl LP
Ron Goodwin - Music in orbit (1958) Full vinyl LP
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: Dr. Hofmann's Electric Kool-Aid Party!
RON GOODWIN Return To Paradise
RON GOODWIN Return To Paradise
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
Ron Goodwin - Elisabethan Serenade
Ron Goodwin - Elisabethan Serenade
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: Hossam Shawky
RON GOODWIN Dancing Eyes
RON GOODWIN Dancing Eyes
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
Where Eagles Dare (Main Theme) - Ron Goodwin
Where Eagles Dare (Main Theme) - Ron Goodwin
Published: 2008/03/24
Channel: mikt87
RON GOODWIN - CARAVAN
RON GOODWIN - CARAVAN
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: Socratess2007
RON GOODWIN- LOVE STORY
RON GOODWIN- LOVE STORY
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Ron Goodwin - Limelight
Ron Goodwin - Limelight
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: Kurt Boehme
633 Squadron - Ron Goodwin - London Gay Symphonic Winds
633 Squadron - Ron Goodwin - London Gay Symphonic Winds
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: LGSWinds
Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra — The Trap (Film Theme)
Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra — The Trap (Film Theme)
Published: 2017/01/24
Channel: Bosta Melody
Ron Goodwin - Theme From Romanoff & Juliet
Ron Goodwin - Theme From Romanoff & Juliet
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: Verna Engel
The Trap (London Marathon Theme)
The Trap (London Marathon Theme)
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Colin Lowes
Moonstrike BBC Ron Goodwin Orchestra 1963
Moonstrike BBC Ron Goodwin Orchestra 1963
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: Andrew Stainer
Ron Goodwin - Frenzy - The London Theme
Ron Goodwin - Frenzy - The London Theme
Published: 2009/04/06
Channel: Mervyn Raj
633 Squadron | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
633 Squadron | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Published: 2013/07/13
Channel: Soundtrack Fred
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Published: 2011/04/17
Channel: Soundtrack Fred
RON GOODWIN Barefoot Girl
RON GOODWIN Barefoot Girl
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
RON GOODWIN Come Back To Me
RON GOODWIN Come Back To Me
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
ron goodwin plays burt bacharach (1972) FULL ALBUM
ron goodwin plays burt bacharach (1972) FULL ALBUM
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: nuggets from the moon
البنت الشلبية  - الموسيقار  RON GOODWIN
البنت الشلبية - الموسيقار RON GOODWIN
Published: 2016/12/04
Channel: MOHAMED SALEH
RON GOODWIN Desert Hero
RON GOODWIN Desert Hero
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
FAIRUZ & RON GOODWIN
FAIRUZ & RON GOODWIN
Published: 2017/07/31
Channel: 3.176539, 101.718535
Ron Goodwin-Dancing Eyes-Simfoni Putrajaya
Ron Goodwin-Dancing Eyes-Simfoni Putrajaya
Published: 2009/07/20
Channel: orkestrartm2009
Operation Crossbow | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Operation Crossbow | Soundtrack Suite (Ron Goodwin)
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: Soundtrack Fred
BATTLE OF BRITAIN
BATTLE OF BRITAIN 'End Theme' - Ron Goodwin
Published: 2011/01/03
Channel: Parata del 2 Giugno
La Batalla de Inglaterra - Ronald Alfred Goodwin (Ron Goodwin) [Marcha Militar]
La Batalla de Inglaterra - Ronald Alfred Goodwin (Ron Goodwin) [Marcha Militar]
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Pasodobles
Ron Goodwin
Ron Goodwin 'Music for an Arabian night' - Barefoot Girl : Mandolin and Accordion Instrumental
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: mihir samak
Ron Goodwin- Grotto Of Jeita (Holiday In Beirut)
Ron Goodwin- Grotto Of Jeita (Holiday In Beirut)
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: برنامج الموسيقى الخفيفة
RON GOODWIN Journey To Damascus
RON GOODWIN Journey To Damascus
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
Ron Goodwin - Elisabeth Serenade (Hör mein Lied, Elisabeth - Elizabethan Serenade)
Ron Goodwin - Elisabeth Serenade (Hör mein Lied, Elisabeth - Elizabethan Serenade)
Published: 2012/10/02
Channel: Koldwink
Ron Goodwin -  Arabian Night
Ron Goodwin - Arabian Night
Published: 2016/12/04
Channel: MOHAMED SALEH
Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra
Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra
Published: 2009/04/23
Channel: mrzz55
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) Ron Goodwin
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) Ron Goodwin
Published: 2010/02/20
Channel: RareSoundtracks
RON GOODWIN - THE EARLY BIRD THEME
RON GOODWIN - THE EARLY BIRD THEME
Published: 2016/07/09
Channel: bondbrookebond
SHIRAZ & RON GOODWIN
SHIRAZ & RON GOODWIN
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: 3.176539, 101.718535
Ron Goodwin - Lagu pada waktu masa berbuka puasa (nostalgia)
Ron Goodwin - Lagu pada waktu masa berbuka puasa (nostalgia)
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Sang Merah
Ron Goodwin singing, Hank Williams speaking from heaven.
Ron Goodwin singing, Hank Williams speaking from heaven.
Published: 2011/10/22
Channel: John Park
Aces High (Ron Goodwin/arr. Larry Daehn, Grade 3.5 #DP200309)
Aces High (Ron Goodwin/arr. Larry Daehn, Grade 3.5 #DP200309)
Published: 2012/11/23
Channel: Stanton's Sheet Music
Ron Goodwin - Walk On By
Ron Goodwin - Walk On By
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: cappy00000
RON GOODWIN Plain Of Bekaa
RON GOODWIN Plain Of Bekaa
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: SAINHAQQ
WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968) - Main Title Music
WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968) - Main Title Music
Published: 2008/06/12
Channel: ostmusicmix
Ron Goodwin : Miss Marple
Ron Goodwin : Miss Marple
Published: 2010/09/19
Channel: LeID146
Ron Goodwin- I Rather Leave When I
Ron Goodwin- I Rather Leave When I'm In Love
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: musiclistenz19
Ron Goodwin - Where Eagles Dare Soundtrack & Trailer - Main Title
Ron Goodwin - Where Eagles Dare Soundtrack & Trailer - Main Title
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Ecoutez le cinéma...
Ron Goodwin And His Concert Orchestra - Windows Of The East
Ron Goodwin And His Concert Orchestra - Windows Of The East
Published: 2010/09/04
Channel: LittleMissLounge
Ron Goodwin - Desert Hero
Ron Goodwin - Desert Hero
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: Oubatn
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Ron Goodwin
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Background information
Birth name Ronald Alfred Goodwin
Born (1925-02-17)17 February 1925
Plymouth, Devon, England
Died 8 January 2003(2003-01-08) (aged 77)
Newbury, Berkshire, England
Genres Film, classical, pop, orchestral music
Years active 1948–2003

Ronald Alfred "Ron" Goodwin (17 February 1925 – 8 January 2003) was an English composer and conductor known for his film music. He scored over 70 films in a career lasting over fifty years. His most famous works included Where Eagles Dare, Battle of Britain, 633 Squadron and Operation Crossbow.

Born in Plymouth, Devon, Goodwin learned to play the piano and trumpet from the age of five which allowed him to join the school band. When he was nine, the family moved to Harrow, London, where he attended Willesden County School and Pinner County Grammar School, in Middlesex. From there he went on to study the trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music.

Whilst working as a copyist, he formed his own orchestra in his spare time and began arranging and conducting recordings for over fifty artists, which resulted in more than 100 chart successes. He wrote his first feature film score for Whirlpool, with screenplay by Lawrence P. Bachmann. After Bachmann became executive producer at MGM-British Studios in 1959, Goodwin composed and conducted the music for most of its productions, as well as working for other film studios.

In the 1980s Goodwin began concentrating on live orchestral performances and appeared as guest conductor with many symphony orchestras at home and abroad including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Goodwin was born in Plymouth to James Goodwin (died 1952), a policeman with the Metropolitan Police Force and Bessie Violet Goodwin née Godsland (died 1966). The family originally came from London, but had moved to Devon due to James being assigned to security work at the naval dockyard[1] in Devon.[2] Goodwin learned to play the piano by the age of five and returned to London four years later, where he attended Willesden county grammar school.[1][3] Whilst there, he learnt to play the trumpet and performed regularly in the school band.[1] Upon the outbreak of World War II, the family moved to Harrow, London, and Goodwin attended Pinner county grammar school.[4] It was here that he formed his own band – Ron Goodwin and the Woodchoppers.[1] He later studied the trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music.

Early career[edit]

In 1943 after a brief spell as an insurance clerk, Goodwin joined Campbell, Connelly and Company, a music publisher.[1] His job was a copyist and arranger and went on to work in that role for the BBC.[1] He entered the world of movie music through documentary films, which he said was "a very good training". He worked as a ghostwriter for Phil Green, Stanley Black, Geraldo and Peter Yorke among others. From 1949 Goodwin conducted for the Polygon company, arranging and conducting recordings of Petula Clark and Jimmy Young, including the latter's 1951 UK no 1 hit "Too Young". In the 1950s he joined Parlophone, and worked alongside George Martin. He accompanied Peter Sellers on his Goodness Gracious Me album,[5] and began to broadcast and make records with his Ron Goodwin Concert Orchestra.

In 1953 Goodwin began arranging and conducting more than 300 recordings for over fifty artists, which resulted in more than 100 chart successes. He simultaneously made his own series of recordings and broadcasts as Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra, and in addition began to compose scores for documentary films at Merton Park Studios. In 1958, Goodwin wrote his first feature film score for Whirlpool (fr), with screenplay by Lawrence P. Bachmann. After Bachmann became executive producer at MGM British Studios in 1959, Goodwin composed and conducted the music for most of its productions, as well as working for other film studios. His singles work included recordings with jazz and calypso singer Frank Holder.

Works[edit]

Goodwin is primarily known for his film music and worked on more than 70 scores during his career. He composed his first feature film, Man with a Gun in 1958 and was quickly followed by The Witness and Whirlpool (fr) a year later. Early minor film success followed with several films until 1961 when he composed scores for the first of four Miss Marple films starring Margaret Rutherford, entitled Murder, She Said (1961). He later went on to compose for the remaining three Miss Marple films Murder at the Gallop (1963), Murder Most Foul (1963) and Murder Ahoy (1964). He scored two horror films, Village of the Damned (1960) and its sequel Children of the Damned (1964). His war films are particularly well remembered. These include 633 Squadron (1964), Operation Crossbow (1965), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Battle of Britain (1969), for which he (mostly) replaced William Walton and Force Ten from Navarone (1978). After requests from the RAF military band, the opening from Battle of Britain, originally titled Luftwaffe March, was retitled Aces High and is now regularly played by military bands in the UK.

He wrote the scores for Of Human Bondage (1964), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972, replacing Henry Mancini), two movies featuring Morecambe and Wise, and the Norman Wisdom film, The Early Bird (1965).

Goodwin's score for the 1966 film The Trap is now used by the BBC as the theme to the London Marathon coverage. A 30-second variation of his 1969 composition for the film Monte Carlo or Bust is used as the intro for the BBC Radio Four panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Goodwin wrote several Disney film scores during the 1970s, including the one used for One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975). He also composed the music and lyrics for a series of animated films. These included The Selfish Giant (1971), The Happy Prince (1974), and The Little Mermaid (also 1974). Goodwin's last film score was for the Danish-made animation film Valhalla in 1986. He composed the Yorkshire Television start up music used from their launch in July 1968 to the early 1980s before ITV had breakfast television.

Goodwin wrote the television advertising jingles such as Noddy's chant, "I like Ricicles: they're twicicle as nicicles", and the "Mr Sheen shines umpteen things clean" song, inspired by Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.[6]

Later career[edit]

By 1987, Goodwin had begun concentrating on live orchestrations which included his "Drake 400 Suite" in (1980) and "Armada Suite" in (1988).[7] His "New Zealand Suite" in (1983) marked a long association with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Goodwin appeared as guest conductor with many symphony orchestras at home and abroad including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Goodwin was guest conductor at the Royal Academy of Music's Festival of British and American Film Music in June 1996.

Awards[edit]

In 1972, he recorded Somebody Named Ron Goodwin Plays Somebody Named Burt Bacharach and recorded internationally, winning gold and platinum discs awarded by EMI. He won a platinum disc from EMI New Zealand to mark two million sales of the album "Going Places". During his career he won three Ivor Novello Awards, including a lifetime achievement award, and was a Fellow of the City of Leeds College of Music and a Freeman of the City of London.[7]

Goodwin was nominated for the Golden Globe award for best original score for the movie Frenzy (1972).

Personal life[edit]

Goodwin was married twice and had a son, Chris, from his first marriage. Ron Shillingford, Goodwin's personal assistant for over twenty years, said of him: "Ron was a musical perfectionist who had a fine rapport with his fellow artists. He was a kind, caring man, with a wonderful sense of humour." Goodwin was enthusiastic about work with young people and was heavily involved with the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Worthing Youth Orchestra, City of Leeds College of Music and the City of Birmingham Schools' Concert Orchestra.

The road in which Goodwin lived with his family in Plymouth has since been renamed Goodwin Crescent in his memory.[8]

Death[edit]

In December 2002, he completed his 32nd consecutive year of Christmas concerts in packed venues across the South of England. However, he had suffered from asthma for many years and the condition had worsened with age. On 7 January 2003, having completed conducting Christmas concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he returned home and died in his sleep at Blacknest Cottage, Brimpton Common, Berkshire, on 8 January 2003, aged 77.[4] He is buried at St Paul's Churchyard, Ashford Hill, Kingsclere, Hampshire, England.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Ades, David 2001. "Goodwin, Ron". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
  • Kennedy, Michael (2006), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 985 pages, ISBN 0-19-861459-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lamb, Andrew, Goodwin, Ron, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, online edition, 30 December 2011 (subscription required)
  2. ^ "The Metropolitan Police History by the Yard". Met.police.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pinner County Grammar School records and attendance list". Olduffs.org. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Obituary". Powell-pressburger.org. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren – Goodness Gracious Me / I'm So Ashamed". Discogs.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/jan/11/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries
  7. ^ a b "Ron Goodwin Biography". Rongoodwin.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  8. ^ North Prospect messageboard (28 July 2009). "Devon – Places – North Prospect messageboard". BBC. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Burial records". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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