26 May

Johnny Gregory (1924 – 2020)

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It is with regret that we record the death of the conductor, composer and arranger Johnny Gregory, who died at his home in Gerrards Cross, Berkshire on April 23rd 2020, about six months short of his 96th birthday.

During his long career, he wrote the scores for fourteen films, (the last in 2000) and TV shows, and was principal conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra between 1973 to 1974.

He made numerous recordings, both under his own name and (possibly more famously) as Chaquito.

Gregory used a number of other pseudonyms and his orchestra often appeared under the name of The Cascading Strings.

A comprehensive article about his life and work is in preparation and will be published on the LLMMG website in due course.

Tony Clayden
May 2020

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  • Lyn Ferrand posted by Lyn Ferrand Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:57

    My phone number is 01395 488705

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  • Lyn Ferrand posted by Lyn Ferrand Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:55

    I am the younger sister of composer/arranger John Gregory who passed away on 23rd April 2020. With help from his family, I wrote the obituary published in The Guardian on 27th June 2020. Please can you contact me regarding the article published about my brother on your site. I and John's family would also like to discuss any obituary you intend to publish in the future. My phone number is 01395 488795
    Thank you
    Mrs. LYN FERRAND (née Gregory)

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About Geoff 123
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.