He was a composer, sometimes known as Jock Addison, born
in Cobham, Surrey, England
who was born into a family where his father was an army colonel. He was sent to Wellington
College in Berkshire
by his father and when he was sixteen years old he started clarinet, oboe and
composition studies at the Royal College of Music.
At the start of WWII, in 1939, he entered the XXX Corps
in the 23rd Hussars where he became a tank officer. The British tank force he was with fought
in the Battle of Normandy and later, following him getting wounded in Caen, they drove north through Holland during Operation
Market Garden commencing Sept. 17,
1944. He later wrote the music-score for A Bridge Too Far as a tribute to his fellow tankers of XXX
Corps, for which he won a BAFTA award.
After completing his war service he went back to the Royal
College of Music as a composition teacher and also became known as a composer
of music scores for films, theatre and television even though he did write several
classical compositions as well as the ballet Carte Blanche.
He won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his score for Tom Jones and he won 6 Emmys for Murder,
She Wrote from 1988-1995.
Other scores he worked on included Sleuth, Swashbuckler, A Taste of Honey and Reach for the Sky, which was personal for him as the film was about
the flying ace Sir Douglas Bader who was his brother-in-law. Alfred Hitchcock commissioned him to
write a second score for Torn Curtain
after he was unhappy with the one written by Bernard Hermann.
In 1994 his works were given to Brigham
where they were placed in the Film Music Archives but he was still composing
virtually until his death with the premiere of his Concertino for Bassoon
and Orchestra being performed in 1998.
He passed away on 7th December
1998 in Bennington,
of a stroke. He was 78 years old.
- Main Theme (John Addison)
- Love Theme (John Addison)