He was born in Cobham, Surrey, England and was sometimes known as Jock Addison.
He was a soldier in XXX Corps, the British tank force that drove north through Holland during Operation Market Garden commencing 17th September 1944. As a tribute to his fellow tankers of XXX Corps he wrote the music-score for A Bridge Too Far, for which he won a BAFTA award. He also won an Oscar and a Grammy 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, A Taste of Honey and Reach for the Sky.
He died on 7th December 1998 in Vermont, USA, of a stroke.
Here’s a trailer with his Oscar winning soundtrack for Tom Jones…