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Composer John Morris, age 89, looks back at some of his best songs and compositions

December 28, 2015
First published on:December 28, 2015
by John

John Morris, who now has retired from the industry, was at one time hailed as one of the greatest composers in the film industry. John, now looking back to his achievements, has talked about some of the best songs and compositions of his career.

John is best known for composing the theme for the outstanding movie “The Elephant Man”. He has said that personally, the theme for the movie was his hardest task as a composer. He also said that the beauty of the composition is credited wholly to his hard work and dedication.

John also mentions how he thought that he would never be able to come up with a composition that would best suit the movie. However, after months of sleepless nights and constant hard work, he was able to create the perfect score for a wonderful movie.

John’s other distinguished composition is the theme for the movie “Young Frankenstein”.  John mentions the reason behind the beautiful score was that he put in the same energy and work into the score as he had done with “The Elephant man”.  Many people therefore have called the two different scores ‘twins’ in the composition world.

Over the years, he has been able to time and again prove his caliber as an outstanding composer with songs such as “Recapitulation”, “John Merrick and Psalm”, “Bag in Hall”, “Bar Source”, “High Anxiety” and “The French Mistake”.

John, in his composition, has a distinct feature involving the bass at irrelevant timings, which has made his composition outstanding and unique at the same time. Many pro composters, in the beginning of his career, stated that John possessed a spectacular talent not seen in composers quite often.

Another of John’s accomplishment is, till date, John is the only person ever to have managed to film the Ramones live at the CBGB back in the 80’s. He, in his illustrious career, has worked in over fifty films and over two dozen TV series. He is known also for his various compositions for stage plays and a number of Broadway musicals.

John, on a personal level, led a very simple and lonely life. Most of his friends have said that his life was in the studio and one always found him there no matter what time it was. John has not married and the reason he frequently gives for his chosen single life is “I have already chosen my wife and its music”.

However, in the past, John was linked to many personalities, but nothing substantial came of it. His good friend and director Mel Brooks has said that although he has had various affairs with many women, he always went back home to the love of his life, music and composition.

John’s net worth remains undisclosed. 

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