He’s been in the music making business for over 60 years and has produced some of the most famous musical works in history.
E.T. Schindler’s List and Star Wars.
And those are just the movies we like. Apparently Harry Potter has a good theme ;)
Here's some key points, facts and triva from William's most extraordinary career:
- Started out as a jazz pianist for hire. His early work with the famous Peter Mancini opened up many opportunities for him.
- He’s had to 'thank the Academy' 5 times thanks to his scores for films, Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., and Schindler’s List. That's fine haul of Oscars (Star Wars has a few awards too!).
- In 1974, the not yet famous director Steven Spielberg approached Williams to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express. They teamed up again a year later for Spielberg's second film, Jaws. This success lead to Spielberg recommending Williams' services as a composer to George Lucas, who needed a composer to score Star Wars. The rest is history.
- The original Star Wars sound track remains the highest grossing non-popular music recording of all-time
- In 1999, George Lucas launched the first of a series of prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy. Williams returned for all 3 films meaning the combined scores of all six Star Wars films add up to more than 14 hours of orchestral music. His Duel of the Fates and Across the Stars are considered by man fans as being just as good as his themes from the original films.
- Williams has been nominated for over 40 Grammy Awards, winning over 20 times.
- Has had four of his themes chart on the American Billboard Charts:
- 1975 – "Theme From Jaws," Highest position No. 32
- 1977 – "Star Wars Theme – Main Title," No. 10
- 1978 – "Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," No. 13
- 1979 – "Theme From Superman," No. 81
- This next one is a little far out - John's son Joseph is the lead singer for the band Toto! Not the original singer mind you, but the singer right now!
- Williams has also composed music for television - some well known works included Lost in Space, Heidi, and Gilligan's Island.
- Such was the success of their working relationship, Williams has, to date, scored every sound track for Steven Spielberg's films with the exception of The Color Purple.
- Rogue One is the first Star Wars film for which he will not record the score.