Film composer Ron Goodwin dies at 77

Ron Goodwin, who composed a string of classic movie scores including “Where Eagles Dare”, “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy” has died at 77, his wife said Thursday. Goodwin died suddenly at his home near Reading, west of London, on Wednesday night, Heather Goodwin said. Goodwin had suffered from asthma for many years.
Although he composed some 60 film scores in his 50-year career, he was best known for the themes to a string of 1960s war films, which also included “Battle of Britain” and “Operation Crossbow”. For the past 30 years, Goodwin has toured the world as a conductor performing a mixture of classical works and popular hits, from James Bond themes to Abba tunes.

Born in Plymouth, southern England, Goodwin worked with British broadcasting stars like Petula Clark and was musical director for the Peter Sellers albums. His first score was for the 1958 film “Whirlpool”.
As Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra, he was signed by Beatles producer George Martin and in 1975 received a gold disc to mark 1 million album sales. His talents were officially recognized in 1994 when Martin presented him with an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music.