A fond farewell to John Barry, the great soundtrack composer, who has passed on at age 77. The man won five Oscars and created some of the most iconic scores Hollywood has ever heard, none moreso than 1967's "You Only Live Twice" (an orchestral hook later used to good effect on English pop star Robbie Williams' 1998 hit single "Millennium"). All I can say is that heaven's soundtrack just got a lot more elegant.
John Barry rides off to that great Bond film in the sky
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.