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#615 – Leonard Bernstein / Richard Greene – 25 August 1918

Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most … Continue reading

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#549 John Barry / Jeremy Brett / Michael Dukakis / Ken Berry – 03 November 1933

John Barry John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English conductor and composer of film music. He is best known for composing the soundtracks for 12 of the James Bond films between 1962 and 1987. He wrote the scores to the award … Continue reading

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#482 Reg Presley / Chick Corea – 12 June 1941

Reg Presley Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball, 12 June 1941) is an English singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer with prominent 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose biggest hit was “Wild Thing”. Chick Corea Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea (born June 12, 1941) is … Continue reading

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#439 Benny Andersson / Diane Towler – 16 December 1946

Benny Andersson Göran Bror “Benny” Andersson (born in Stockholm, Sweden on 16 December 1946) is a Swedish musician, composer, a former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA (1972–1982), and co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. He is currently active … Continue reading

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#382 David Dimbleby / Howard Blake – 28 October 1938

David Dimbleby David Dimbleby (born 28 October 1938) is a long-standing British BBC TV commentator and a presenter of current affairs and political programmes, most notably the BBC’s flagship political show Question Time, and more recently, art, architectural history and history series. Howard Blake Howard Blake … Continue reading

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#291 Steve Martin / Wim Wenders – 14 August 1945

Steve Martin Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer. In 1979, Martin co-wrote and starred in his first full-length movie, The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner. Martin was in three more Reiner-directed comedies … Continue reading

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#288 Mark Knopfler / Rick Ridgeway – 12 August 1949

Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler … Continue reading

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#273 Lionel Bart / Lawrence Eagleburger – 01 August 1930

Lionel Bart Lionel Bart (1 August 1930 – 3 April 1999) was a writer and composer of British pop music and musicals, best known for creating the book, music and lyrics for Oliver! Lawrence Eagleburger Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (August 1, 1930 – … Continue reading

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#212 Paul McCartney / Thabo Mbeki – 18 June 1942

Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer and painter. Formerly of The Beatles (1960–1970) and Wings (1971–1981), McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in the history of popular music, according to Guinness World Records. … Continue reading

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#133 Henry Mancini / John Harvey-Jones – 16 April 1924

Henry Mancini Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards (20), including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995. His best-known … Continue reading

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#118 Willis Hall / André Previn – 06 April 1929

Willis Hall Willis Hall (6 April 1929 – 7 March 2005) was an English playwright and radio and television writer who drew on his working class roots in Leeds for much of his writings. His best remembered creation is probably Billy Liar (1960), co-written with life-long … Continue reading

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#107 Eric Idle / Sir John Major / Vangelis – 29 March 1943

Eric Idle Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer, and comedic composer who wrote and performed as a member of the popular British comedy group Monty Python’s Flying Circus. On television, Idle created Rutland Weekend Television (RWT), a sketch show on BBC2, a legacy … Continue reading

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#92 Sir Michael Caine / Quincy Jones – 14 March 1933

Michael Caine Sir Michael Caine, CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite; 14 March 1933) is an English film actor and author. Caine has appeared in over one hundred films and is one of Britain’s most recognisable and respected actors. He became well known for … Continue reading

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#59 Hal Holbrook / Ron Goodwin – 17 February 1925

Hal Holbrook Harold Rowe “Hal” Holbrook, Jr. (born February 17, 1925) is an American actor. His television roles include Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 TV series Lincoln, Hays Stowe on The Bold Ones: The Senator and Capt. Lloyd Bucher on Pueblo. He is also known … Continue reading

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#39 Philip Glass / Suzanne Pleshette – 31 January 1937

Philip Glass Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American music composer. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public. Suzanne … Continue reading

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#19 John Carpenter / Cliff Thorburn – 16 January 1948

John Carpenter John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction. Films: The Thing , The Fog , Halloween … Continue reading

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