Fri
Feb 8 2013 4:30pm

Happy 81st Birthday John Williams!

Today is the 81st birthday of legendary film composer John Williams! Though many alternate universes of pop culture are conceivable, a dimension in which John Williams did not score Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and more, is totally unimaginable. It’s also amazing to think Williams once went by the name of “Johnny Williams” and scored TV shows like The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, and Land of the Giants.

Science fiction fans, geeks, and moviegoers alike often march to the beat of their own drummers, but really, most of us walk to the beats, rhythms and melodies of John Williams.

Happy birthday, sir and thank you!


Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot Tor.com and can’t wait for Mr. Williams to get back to Stubby about a recording of “Stubby’s Theme.”

3 comments
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
2. Lisamarie
In all the talk of the new Star Wars movies and who will be directing/writing etc (as well as the content) I haven't actually seen anybody mention scoring. I'm going to guess that John Williams won't be doing a new score but I wonder who they will tap and how much they will incorporate the existing motifs. It won't feel like Star Wars if they don't at least pay homage to it and use some, I think.

OMG, the Hook theme just started playing in the medley, made my day :)

Edited to add: We have the Superman theme on our computer and my son (almost two) always leaps into the air when he hears it, or asks to be picked up so we can jump up with him. He's never even seen or heard of Superman, but I think it's funny that he reacts that way to that theme :) Sure enough, when it came up, he dropped what he was doing, squatted down and gave a big leap :) He also air guitars to the Imperial March, which is pretty funny.
Alan Courchene
3. Majicou
Let's not forget the classic Daddy-O, starring Dick Contino. Actually, let's.

In the header photo, it looks like he's about to Force-lightning the violins. Can't blame him, really.

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