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The Gathering by John Barry


Happy Fourth, everybody! But I stumbled across a Christmas movie, or more specifically a TV movie: The Gathering (1977), with music by John Barry. I can’t embed it, but it’s here on YouTube.


This was a curiosity to me because, back in the day when I was running the FSM label, of course I scoured the filmographies of my favorite composers to look for goodies to release. And it was odd to see a TV movie produced by Hanna-Barbera that was not a cartoon—and had music by Barry. It’s a Christmas story starring Ed Asner as a man reconciling with his family in the wake of a cancer diagnosis.


Kudos to this fan for recording his own piano version:

What a world where a TV movie could get a score by John Barry. Here’s a musical moment somebody loved enough to put on YouTube:

As I often tell my kids: the 1970s were a weird time!

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1 opmerking


it was odd to see a TV movie produced by Hanna-Barbera that was not a cartoon - "KISS And The Phantom Of The Park", "Hardcase", the Gerald Fried-scored "The Beasts Are on the Streets" "Shootout in a One Dog Town"..

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