I was listening to some Barry last night. How many of us became film music fans because of Barry's scores? Who could watch a Bond film and not notice the unforgettable themes? He was awesome and will be missed.
He is a very big reason became film music fan. Some of my earliest were Barry.
I'm from New York, so it would be a stretch to be in London at your Pub farewell. Wish I could. I've been trying to figure out why John Barry's death hit me so hard. I've been listening to his music since the "Midnight Cowboy" days. His scores were such that I just didn't tire of them--a few months away and they'd sound as fresh as ever. A simple sound, yes, but so rich in emotion. As someone said earlier--melancholy but optimistic. Add me to those who looked at all the film releases, hoping to find his name there. That quest is over. I'll be raising a glass to him stateside.