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 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Longtime FSM reader and friend Thomas Uschtrin sent me a link to John Williams's first film project, a 21-travel travel documentary "You Are Welcome," done when J.W. 22, in the Air Force and stationed in Canada. Watch it if you dare!

http://fpdownload.adobe.com/strobe/FlashMediaPlayback.swf?src=http://collections.mun.ca/videos/extension/image/2603.mp4

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Thanks Lukas!

So he was John before Johnny and then back to John again. Anyone that insecure with their identity will never make it in the business.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Well, I watched the first 8 minutes of it, and then zipped forward to the final minute -- it can be a bit tedious! Think I'll send a link of it to my friend Chet, who is from nearby Nova Scotia, presently enjoying his annual December in Hawaii, to remind him of his childhood in far eastern Canada. (He's long been a U.S. citizen and has lived in the U.S. since his teens.)

So that music is by the same man who would go on to write "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List"? Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Thanks for sharing Lukas.

No real evidence of his familiar style. Pretty much sounded like generic music of the time.

But we all start somewhere!

Next time I meet John Williams I'm going to ask him about "Sammy the Suitcase"!

The blond couple were surely having way more fun than him!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   SCOREMIX   (Member)

Thanks for this really rare and unknown gem Lukas smile very interesting smile really an interesting early score ......fantastic smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Thanks, Thomas Uschtrin and Lukas for landmark archaeology! This stuff usually remains lost. Love to hear how all my heroes got started. The fishing boat and Regatta themes get a bit lively and hearing John feeling his way through, for me, is fascinating.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Curiously, sounds nothing like "Daddy-O".

Thanks for the share!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Longtime FSM reader and friend Thomas Uschtrin sent me a link to John Williams's first film project, a 21-travel travel documentary "You Are Welcome," done when J.W. 22, in the army and stationed in Canada. Watch it if you dare!

http://fpdownload.adobe.com/strobe/FlashMediaPlayback.swf?src=http://collections.mun.ca/videos/extension/image/2603.mp4

Lukas


Johnny williams spent some time in newfoundland in the army and then moved to california to finish the army at March AFB.

thank you for this very informative link !

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Wow!
Interesting AND fun.
Okay, I'm not clamouring for Tadlow to re-record it wink but it was great to hear JW cut his teeth with music to film.
Great share!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've actually had this film for a while, but haven't created a thread about it because it wasn't supposed to be spread. Guess the cat is out of the bag. This particular copy, however, seems cropped at each side, while mine doesn't. On the other hand, this seems to be in better quality.

It's an intriguing glimpse into his past, even though the majority of the score is adaptations and arrangements of local folk melodies. The whole thing is rather 'newsreel'-style. He scored it some time between 1953 and early 1954, while he was stationed at Pepperell air force base at St. Johns, Newfoundland (which was subsequently closed for good just a couple of years after Williams was there). He stayed at this particular base for quite a long time -- maybe close to two years. I keep speculating that he wanted a transfer here because of his Canadian ancestry on his mother's side (some of which actually also resided in St. John's).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Double post.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   airmanjerm   (Member)

Longtime FSM reader and friend Thomas Uschtrin sent me a link to John Williams's first film project, a 21-travel travel documentary "You Are Welcome," done when J.W. 22, in the army and stationed in Canada. Watch it if you dare!

http://fpdownload.adobe.com/strobe/FlashMediaPlayback.swf?src=http://collections.mun.ca/videos/extension/image/2603.mp4

Lukas


Johnny williams spent some time in newfoundland in the army and then moved to california to finish the army at March AFB.
thank you for this very informative link ![/endquote

Just to clarify, JW was an Airman in the Air Force, not in the Army. (I know most people won't care about the difference, I'm probably just sensitive to the distinction, lol!) He started his military career in the Air Force Band in Arizona, moved to Pepperrell AFB in Newfoundland (where he completed this film score), and like someone else said, finished his enlistment at March AFB (now an Air Reserve Base) in southern CA.

"You Are Welcome " was JW's first attempt at film scoring, and was recorded by about a dozen members of the US Air Force Band in Newfoundland. It's definitely interesting to hear, for many reasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   airmanjerm   (Member)

Longtime FSM reader and friend Thomas Uschtrin sent me a link to John Williams's first film project, a 21-travel travel documentary "You Are Welcome," done when J.W. 22, in the army and stationed in Canada. Watch it if you dare!

http://fpdownload.adobe.com/strobe/FlashMediaPlayback.swf?src=http://collections.mun.ca/videos/extension/image/2603.mp4

Lukas


Johnny williams spent some time in newfoundland in the army and then moved to california to finish the army at March AFB.
thank you for this very informative link !


Just to clarify, JW was an Airman in the Air Force, not in the Army. (I know most people won't care about the difference, I'm probably just sensitive to the distinction, lol!) He started his military career in the Air Force Band in Arizona, moved to Pepperrell AFB in Newfoundland (where he completed this film score), and like someone else said, finished his enlistment at March AFB (now an Air Reserve Base) in southern CA.

"You Are Welcome " was JW's first attempt at film scoring, and was recorded by about a dozen members of the US Air Force Band in Newfoundland. It's definitely interesting to hear, for many reasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Interesting archival John Williams travelogue score. Everybody has to start somewhere.

Those of you with a sharp eye might be able to catch a glimpse of the young John Williams in the crowd at 11:15-11:17.
smile

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Those of you with a sharp eye might be able to catch a glimpse of the young John Williams in the crowd at 11:15-11:17.

Seriously?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

That's what I like - wall to wall music. None of this sparsely scored nonsense smile

I rather enjoyed the film. I like watching these types of old travel documentaries from an historical viewpoint.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Just to clarify, JW was an Airman in the Air Force, not in the Army. (I know most people won't care about the difference, I'm probably just sensitive to the distinction, lol!) He started his military career in the Air Force Band in Arizona, moved to Pepperrell AFB in Newfoundland (where he completed this film score), and like someone else said, finished his enlistment at March AFB (now an Air Reserve Base) in southern CA.

That's right. We don't know WHEN he transferred to March AFB, exactly, but based on available information (the famous article that we both use), I would guess sometime in the spring of 1954. We DO know that he transferred from Arizona to St. John's in March of 1952. That's why I keep saying that he must have been there for two years. Beyond scoring this film (most likely in 1953) and doing arrangements -- maybe sometimes conducting -- for the 596th AF Band and the Pepperell band, I wonder what he did? He's always been a very busy guy in all stages of his career, so I feel that there must be much more in his two years at Pepperell that we don't know about.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Just to clarify, JW was an Airman in the Air Force, not in the Army. (I know most people won't care about the difference, I'm probably just sensitive to the distinction, lol!) He started his military career in the Air Force Band in Arizona, moved to Pepperrell AFB in Newfoundland (where he completed this film score), and like someone else said, finished his enlistment at March AFB (now an Air Reserve Base) in southern CA.

That's right. We don't know WHEN he transferred to March AFB, exactly, but based on available information (the famous article that we both use), I would guess sometime in the spring of 1954. We DO know that he transferred from Arizona to St. John's in March of 1952. That's why I keep saying that he must have been there for two years. Beyond scoring this film (most likely in 1953) and doing arrangements -- maybe sometimes conducting -- for the 596th AF Band and the Pepperell band, I wonder what he did? He's always been a very busy guy in all stages of his career, so I feel that there must be much more in his two years at Pepperell that we don't know about.


"two years at Pepperell"

The new Jean Jacques Annaud film about the life and times of John David Williams in Newfoundland.


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Ha, ha...good one -- even if he doesn't have a middle name, as far as I know (it sounds more 'posh' that way, though). Except Towner, of course.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Ha, ha...good one -- even if he doesn't have a middle name, as far as I know (it sounds more 'posh' that way, though). Except Towner, of course.


David is his real middle name. No kidding.

 
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