Normally Creator Corner is reserved for the indy side of things as a way to show off someone you may not be familiar with, but sometimes you just got to stop and appreciate a legend. Today is John Williams 88th birthday. He is responsible for every soundtrack that you can hum right now.
That might be an exaggeration but those classic soundtracks that take you back were so well done that they have been written into the deepest parts of our memories. Personally our friends stop to share John Williams memories often. He’s in the same ‘fan club’ level for us as Tom Hanks, John Metzen, and Kevin Conroy. When I describe a scene, its his music you here: The helicopter flying into Jurassic Park, The text scroll that opens every Star Wars, or the approaching shark in Jaws. We will do a Top 5 for these as well.
When you look back on Williams’ filmography you quickly realize that he creates themes that carry through in sequels and into universes. Before his Hollywood work, he was in a small Jazz band as a drummer and eventually drafted into the U.S. Air force. After the Air force he attended the Juilliard School in New York and played in many Jazz clubs around the city. He eventually started in television and a few films in Hollywood. His early works include My Gun is Quick, Gidget, and Johnny Staccato. His earliest work that I’m familiar with is the classic Lost in Space series, he is even apart of the Netflix reboot. Next the film and partnership that turned an already successful composer into and household name, Jaws. He would work with Steven Spielberg in many of Spielberg’s staples. That classic “dun dun” was the first of his soundtracks that are seared into our cultural memory. Then next is Star Wars! Many critics would say the Star Wars soundtrack it the best soundtrack in film. And it contains multiple legendary pieces from the foreboding ‘Imperial March’ to the intense ‘Duel of the Fates’. After that was Superman, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Hook, Home Alone, Harry Potter and MANY more.
Below is a compilation of some of the most memorable scores into a Spotify Playlist so you can revisit this storied career.
We want to wish this titan of film a very Happy Birthday and say thank-you for all the memories.