John Addison


Birthday March 16, 1920

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Dec 7, 1998 (78)

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Academy Award and Grammy Award winner for his score to "Tom Jones," the classic 1963 film. His theme song for the long-running TV series "Murder, She Wrote" later won an Emmy.

Before Fame

He entered the Royal College of Music at age 16, where he was a student of composer Gordon Jacob, oboist Léon Goossens, and clarinetist Frederick Thurston.


His pieces, 'If He Swing By the String' and 'Such Trying Times,' both from 'Tom Jones,' were recorded by Marlene Dietrich.

Family Life

His father was a colonel in the British Army. He was married to his wife Pamela until his death.

Associated With

He wrote the score for Alfred Hitchcock's film "Torn Curtain" from 1966, replacing Bernard Herrmann after the director and Herrmann parted ways and ended a long collaboration.