Ron Grainer


Hello. Is there a copy of The Omega Man out there? Thanks

>>By Baz   (Monday, 17 Feb 2003 20:38)

Little,if any, of Ron Grainer's music is available to buy these days, in any format. In 1997 I obtained a second-hand copy of PLAY IT AGAIN's CD 'Doctor Who and other Ron Grainer Themes', which included his version of 'A Touch of Velvet - A Sting of Brass', one of my favourite instrumentals....The following year I tracked down an original 7-inch 45 of 'A Touch of Velvet....' (Casino Classics CC5, 1978) and bought it from a Liverpudlian now living in San Diego....US$17 and a few weeks later it was filed away in my library. Today this item must be 'as rare as hen's teeth' as we say here in Ireland.

>>By Ewan O'Doherty (Dublin, Ireland)   (Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 22:24)

where was he born and his musical caree,is he still alive?we are doing the Musical Robert and Elizabeth at our local Am/dramatic's,any information would be very much appreaciated

>>By dusty_3   (Saturday, 17 May 2003 00:19)

I want the sheet music for Ron Grainer's "The Prisoner" TV series theme song, preferrably for piano. Any help out there?

>>By maximtodd   (Tuesday, 20 May 2003 06:56)

There are copies of the Omega Man available. You may have to pay inflated £s or $s on Ebay, or you may get lucky, like I did. I managed to get an original, for no charge. I won't say from where, because I don't want my benefactor to be deluged by similar pleas. All I'll say is, "perservere and you may be rewarded".

The soundtrack is wonderful. It's one of my most treasured possessions.

>>By jehannum   (Thursday, 29 May 2003 13:59)

Ron Grainer was born in Queensland, Australia, in August 1922. He began violin lessons at the age of 4 and, later, studied piano. He studied under Sir Eugene Goosens at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and moved to England in 1952. As a composer he became noticed by BBC Television and composed numerous themes for the network, the most famous being 'Maigret' - others being 'Midnight in Montmartre', Comedy Playhouse, 'Old Ned' (theme to 'Steptoe and Son'), 'Fanny Craddock', and 'Doctor Who'. The most famous version of 'Dr Who' was performed by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also wrote many 'one-off' themes to various plays on both BBC and ITV (UK), and had a minor chart hit in December 1978 with a creditable 'cover version' of Mark Wirtz's 'A Touch of Velvet - A Sting of Brass'. he lived in Portugal for some time, having suffered and eye illness, returning to England in 1976. He died of spinal cancer at Cuckfield Hospital, Sussex, England in February 1981. (Notes from CD insert for PLAY 008, 'Doctor Who and Other Classic Ron Grainer Themes, (p) 1994)

>>By Ewan O'Doherty   (Tuesday, 17 Jun 2003 21:29)

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