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Encyclopedia > Barry Gray

Barry Gray (July 18, 1908 in Lancashire, England - April 26, 1984 in Guernsey, Channel Islands) was a British musician and composer who is best known for his work for Gerry Anderson. July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lancashire (archaically, the County of Lancaster) is a county palatine of England, lying on the Irish Sea. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Channel Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, France, in the English Channel. ... Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are most famous as the production team for several futuristic childrens television shows involving specially modified marionettes, a process called supermarionation. Their most famous production is Thunderbirds, which was produced by their production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21...


He was born in to a musical family and greatly encouraged to pursue a musical career from a very early age. Starting at the age of five - with piano lessons - he studied diligently and became a student at the Manchester Royal College of Music and at Blackburn Cathedral. He studied composition under the Hungarian teacher, Matyas Sieber.


Gray's first professional job was in London for B.Feldman & Co., where he gained valuable experience in scoring for theatre and variety orchestras. From there, he joined Radio Normandy as a composer-arranger. After service with the RAF in World War Two he returned to the music industry to work with such worthies as Vera Lynn and Hoagy Carmichael London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born March 20, 1917) is a British singer whose career flourished during World War II, when she was nicknamed The Forces Sweetheart. She is best known for the popular song Well Meet Again. ... Hoagland Howard Hoagy Carmichael (November 22, 1899–December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. ...


In the 1956 he joined Gerry Anderson's AP Films, where he first scored the puppet show, The Adventures of Twizzle. This was followed by Torchy The Battery Boy and then the famed Four Feather Falls, a puppet Western. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are most famous as the production team for several futuristic childrens television shows involving specially modified marionettes, a process called supermarionation. Their most famous production is Thunderbirds, which was produced by their production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21... AP Films was a British independent film production company of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Four Feather Falls was the third puppet TV show produced by Sylvia and Gerry Anderson, from an idea by Barry Gray. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ...


Gray's association with Gerry Anderson lasted well in to the 1970's. Perhaps most famous for his score to Thunderbirds, Gray composed the themes to the other Supermarionation shows such as, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet. Additionally, Gray is also known as the composer for the Anderson live-action shows, such as, UFO and Space: 1999. Thunderbird refers to several things: The Thunderbird is a mythical creature common to Native American religion. ... Supermarionation (standing for super marionette animation) is a puppetry technique devised by the British production company AP Films and used extensively in its numerous childrens action-adventure series, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Thunderbirds. ... Genera Dasyatis Himantura Pastinachus Pteroplatytrygon Taeniura Urogymnus Stingrays are rays in the family Dasyatidae. ... Fireball XL5 was a science fiction marionette TV show produced in Britain in 1962 by Gerry Anderson. ... Joe 90 is a 1968 Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show concerning the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine. ... Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, often referred to in shorthand as simply Captain Scarlet, is a science fiction television series produced by the Century 21 Television company of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson and Lew Grade and first shown in Britain (originally on ATV Midlands, but later the whole of the... UFO was a British television science fiction series created by Gerry Anderson and produced by Andersons and Lew Grades Century 21 Productions for Grades ITC Entertainment company. ... Left to right: Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell and Martin Landau from Space:1999s second season. ...


In addition to composing and conducting orchestral scores, he also became interested in the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument that had been developed by Frenchman Maurice Martenot, and used it to produce unconventional musical sounds as well as electronic sound effects. Ondes martenot demonstrated by inventor Maurice Martenot The Ondes Martenot (or Ondes-Martenot or Ondes martenot or Ondium Martenot or Martenot or ondes musicale) is an early electronic musical instrument with a keyboard and slide invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, and originally very similar in sound to the Theremin. ... Motto : Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité (French: Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood) Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital Paris 48°51′ N 2°20′ E Largest city Paris Official language French1 Government  â€¢ President  â€¢ Prime Minister Unitary republic Jacques Chirac Dominique de Villepin Formation 843 (Treaty of Verdun) (5th Republic: 1958) Area  â€¢ Total2  â€¢ Metropolitan France3 674,843... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ...


The Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society has recently gained access to all of Gray's original studio tapes and is undertaking a major reissue project, compiling the themes and incidental music from Gray's various Anderson projects on a series of remastered CDs.


Discography:

  • No Strings Attached
  • Thunderbirds Are Go! (movie soundtrack)
  • Thunderbirds (TV soundtrack, released posthumously)
  • Captain Scarlet (ditto)
  • Space: 1999 (ditto)

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, often referred to in shorthand as simply Captain Scarlet, is a science fiction television series produced by the Century 21 Television company of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson and Lew Grade and first shown in Britain (originally on ATV Midlands, but later the whole of the...

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Encyclopedia: Barry Gray (1217 words)
Gray's first professional job was in London for B.Feldman and Co., where he gained valuable experience in scoring for theatre and variety orchestras.
Barry Gray considers his favorite composers to be Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, the "three greats" he terms them, as well as the French impressionists, Debussy and Ravel.
Barry attended the Space: 1999 Alliance Conventions in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus Ohio, and was a main guest at the Fanderson 1982 convention in London, at which he played many of his famous themes.
High School Sports - The Clarion-Ledger (516 words)
Gray, 41, led his alma mater to its first Overall title since 1983 and fifth Class AA state crown in the past seven seasons.
Gray is a busy man. He teaches ninth-grade biology, is the athletic director and coached junior high football, junior high and high school girls basketball and golf at the Lincoln County school, which has 480 students K-12.
Lindy Gray, Barry's high school sweetheart and wife since college, has been by his side as an assistant coach during his entire career.
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