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 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   regis.j.nowicki   (Member)

Is anyone familiar with the work of composer John Parker? He did a lot of work for CBS series like "Gunsmoke", "The Wild, Wild West" and "Trapper John, M.D." (a terrific title theme).
What I remember him best for, though, is the score for the movie "Darker than Amber", a failed attempt to launch a franchise based on the popular Travis McGee book series of the time. I recall seeing this film at a sneak preview. Prior to the screening of the main feature, a trailer for "Darker than Amber" was shown, which was received enthusiastically. Thus, when the sneak viewing of "Darker than Amber" came up, the audience went wild, nearly drowning out John Parker's great theme music. To this date the only DVD available is an import (with Danish subtitles!). And of course the music has never seen a release.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Now here's a talented composer who's had next to nothing officially released (not counting TV themes on compilations); sort of like Mike Post in those regards.

Some examples of wonderful scoring:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6gOc4YMcNk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tey3_jMaT0A


Sadly, I don't expect this to be rectified anytime soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MR John Parker did about a dozen TV movies in the 70's and then seem to leave the scene, Early in his career. mid 60's he did music for Laurel and Hardy compilations.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   waxmanman35   (Member)

Years ago while flipping the remote I came across a two-part episode of "Gunsmoke" called "Snow Train." Marshall Dillon was stuck on a snowbound train. I don't remember anything else about the program but the music was very striking. I made a point of learning who the composer was: it was the first time I had heard of John Parker. Is any of his music available on CD?

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Only one thing released on CD: one episode score from the TV series "Assignment: Vienna", on FSM's TV Omnibus:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/460/

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2012 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Is anyone familiar with the work of composer John Parker? He did a lot of work for CBS series like "Gunsmoke", "The Wild, Wild West" and "Trapper John, M.D." (a terrific title theme).


Apart from the single score ("The Night of the Spanish Curse") for "The Wild Wild West", he composed two fine scores for "The Streets of San Francisco".

Season 1
THE SET-UP
writer DOUGLAS ROBERTS
director GEORGE McCOWAN
composer JOHN PARKER

with guest stars STUART WHITMAN, JASON EVERS, CLAUDINE LONGET
special guest star JACK ALBERTSON
co-starring JOHN KERR as GERALD O’BRIEN, GEORGE D. WALLACE as FRED BARBER (GLENN WILDER)

Season 4
SCHOOL OF FEAR
writer BRAD RADNITZ
story GORDON BASICHIS, MARCIA HAMMOND BASICHIS
director WILLIAM HALE
composer JOHN PARKER

with guest stars MAURICE EVANS, JOHN LEHNE, GEOFFREY LEWIS (RUTH McDEVITT)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Only one thing released on CD: one episode score from the TV series "Assignment: Vienna", on FSM's TV Omnibus:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/460/


You mean two episode scores. smile He's also had two versions of his theme for Cannon out, on Rhino's Crime Stoppers CD complete with Hank Simms voiceover ("Tonight's episode - 'Death Of A Stone Seahorse'!") and one of the Television's Greatest Hits albums.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

Don`t forget the great scores Parker wrote for DALLAS. His jazzy big band scores were very different from the scores by the other DALLAS composers (Richard Lewis Warren, Bruce Broughton, Lance Rubin and Jerrold Immel). Since the music credits on DALLAS always appeared at the end it always was a fun guessing game who the composer of the episode was that was shown. And I immediately knew if it was Parker or Lewis Warren because their style was instantly recognizable.

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

There's an MP3 "album" of John Parker's DALLAS music on Amazon, though it sounds a bit hissy. But I do remember some of it from seeing the show years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dallas-Original-Televison-Show-Soundtrack/dp/B005A26UV6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356177012&sr=8-2

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)

Seasons Greetings everyone!

The music from Cannon has long been one of my holy grails.

Great theme - brilliantly orchestrated to fit the character!

Is anyone thinking of raiding the Quinn Martin vaults?

Regards

CC

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

There's an MP3 "album" of John Parker's DALLAS music on Amazon, though it sounds a bit hissy. But I do remember some of it from seeing the show years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dallas-Original-Televison-Show-Soundtrack/dp/B005A26UV6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356177012&sr=8-2



Other than the theme, I'm not really familiar with the Dallas music - but is that really music from the show, then?

The arrangement of the theme sounds awful to me - a bit like those crappy German versions of (supposedly) the Airwolf soundtrack, which aren't really anything like the Airwolf music in reality.

And I've never heard of the label 'Jerden' (come to think of it, the 'Soundworks International' copyright doesn't inspire me with confidence either....) confused

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

There's an MP3 "album" of John Parker's DALLAS music on Amazon, though it sounds a bit hissy. But I do remember some of it from seeing the show years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dallas-Original-Televison-Show-Soundtrack/dp/B005A26UV6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356177012&sr=8-2



Other than the theme, I'm not really familiar with the Dallas music - but is that really music from the show, then?

The arrangement of the theme sounds awful to me - a bit like those crappy German versions of (supposedly) the Airwolf soundtrack, which aren't really anything like the Airwolf music in reality.

And I've never heard of the label 'Jerden' (come to think of it, the 'Soundworks International' copyright doesn't inspire me with confidence either....) confused




Simon, is your e-mail still the same, I mean from your profile?
I'm going to send you some infos about Parker.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2012 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)




Simon, is your e-mail still the same, I mean from your profile?
I'm going to send you some infos about Parker.




Yes, still the same.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   radar   (Member)

I know this is an old thread but John Parker was my dads best friend. I would like to contact John but I fear it may be too late. Last trace of him I have found was in Costa Rica. Anyone have any info that could help?

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

That's my understading, too. I had arranged an interview with him and everything ws going fine, but he just suddenly dropped off the face of the earth. He stopped replying, his website shut down, his e-mail went bad, his alternate e-mail went bad.

About a year ago I got a new e-mail from a singer he had worked with in recent years. I never heard back.

 
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