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 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

(18.10.1926 - 25.1.2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/obituaries/john-morris-composer-for-mel-brookss-films-dies-at-91.html

http://lokutusost.ufouni.cz/filmmusic/morris

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Oh no! Very sad. He will be missed!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Under appreciated, supremely talented man.

"He rode a blazing saddle ...he wore a shining star
his job to offer battle ...to bad men near and far"

rip mr morris.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Spaceballs" is where I first found him. I've still yet to hear much by him.

He did a good score to a 1986 TV mini-series called "Fresno", which has still not been released.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPiHEspAJt8

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I was just listening to "The Elephant Man" on Friday, for the first time in ages! (Great score, too.)

Hard to complain about 91, but sad to see him go.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Under appreciated, supremely talented man.

"He rode a blazing saddle ...he wore a shining star
his job to offer battle ...to bad men near and far"

rip mr morris.



Indeed, very sad news. He should be better known and represented on disc.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Browny   (Member)

Sad, but not unexpected news. 91 years is a great innings!

Loved his work but in particular the score to Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" (1976)

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/john-morris-blazing-saddles-and-young-frankenstein-composer-dies-at-91-1202679605/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

THE ELEPHANT MAN is my favourite score by him.

Sad news indeed, but good innings. Another great one of that generation lost.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Another vote for "Elephant Man". I enjoy "Spaceballs" too. A very fine composer I would've liked to see more of. RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Whenever our editing software crashes, my editor and I turn to one another and belt the "BUM-BUHM-BUUUUUUMMMMM" fanfare that opens YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in unison.

Rest in peace, maestro!

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I'm sorry. His scores gave me a lot of pleasure over the years. R.I.P.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Man , i just posted abouy Mel Brooks PRODUCERS.
R.I.P. Mr. M
Bruce

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Thank you for all the memories and melodies, Mr. Morris.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2018 - 10:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Starting at 0.18:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouTzWWLW-Bc

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Blucher!

RIP. Young Frankenstein is a favorite. So is Clue.

Do either of these have legitimate releases?

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

This is a great loss.

John was a Facebook friend of a lot of us, from his end, and I now regret I didn't communicate as I ought. I truly didn't know him, and as ever, you realise too late that time doesn't stand still. You always think there'll be time.

A composer whose general humanity enhances his talent and work. We need more of those, and of him.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

Blucher!

RIP. Young Frankenstein is a favorite. So is Clue.

Do either of these have legitimate releases?


Young Frankenstein had an OST released on record in the 1970s, and it appears that the same program was released on CD in the late 1990s - not sure if that was a boot though. I've personally never heard the score outside of the movie.

Clue had a great, comprehensive release by LaLaLand, but that went out of print a year or two ago.

Look to pay an arm and a leg for both.

Morris was a wonderful composer, and it's a shame that we haven't seen more releases with his name on them in recent years. Haunted Honeymoon (which also received a release from LLL) is a personal favorite of mine - also out of print, though.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

RIP Mr. Morris.

The only movie scored by him that I have seen is 1991's TV movie Carolina Skeletons.

Interesting that he scored Dirty Dancing. How much score was there in that film?

Also interesting that he scored The Elephant Man for David Lynch in 1980. I wonder how his music would have sounded if he had continued working for Lynch, instead of Badalamenti.

Did he ever work with electronic music, or are all his scores orchestral?

Does anyone know why he didn't score Mel Brooks' two final films, Robin Hood Men In Tights and Dracula Dead And Loving It? Hummie Mann did those.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Every time we worked with him he was amazed that so many people wanted to hear his music outside the film. He was very humble and grateful to have so many fans, especially so many years later. He felt blessed.

MV

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Every time we worked with him he was amazed that so many people wanted to hear his music outside the film. He was very humble and grateful to have so many fans, especially so many years later. He felt blessed.

That is very nice to hear! "The In-Laws" is the Morris score I return to most often, and I'm so glad you guys put that out (I only wish more people had chosen to enjoy it the way I do!).

 
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