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Monday, February 08, 2010


John Dankworth, legendary British jazz musician and sometime film composer has died at the age of 82 after a long illness. Dankworth is best known for his collaborations with wife Dame Cleo Laine, who survives him, but also worked with many of the legendary jazz performers over the years. He was awarded the CBE in 1974, and received a Knighthood in 2006 for his services to music.
His film composing heyday was during the '60s and early '70s, with many acclaimed works for titles like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Servant, Darling, Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment, Modesty Blaise, Accident, Fathom (Harkit's CD reissue recently reviewed here), Perfect Friday and 10 Rillington Place. He seldom returned to the big screen after that, becoming more famous for his TV appearances alongside Cleo; his last film score being for 2000's Gangster No.1. For the small screen he wrote the original Avengers theme.


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