During my slow-paced explorations into vintage Japanese soundtracks, I have been periodically discovering some composers whom I was unaware of for decades. Almost all of such are by now deceased. Thanks to Ark Square, I noticed Horrors of Malformed Men by Hajime Kaburagi. From what little I've found online, Kaburagi's date of birth is listed as being 1926 ... with no date of death (which makes him 94, if still with us).
He has well over 200 credits in a 40-year span between 1956 and 1995, but the sketchy biographical information on him likely needs further verification before entering his name into this thread ...
Thank you for the tip, Zardoz. I'll add him.
Of course, now comes one of the most painful 'list removals' yet; namely that of Ennio Morricone.
But the slightly younger Mikis Theodorakis is celebrating his 95th birthday today.
I've just learnt that another composer will be attaining age 95 (on August 19th) - Japanese composer Michiaki "Chumei" Watanabe (b. 1925). I am aware of him only via the Yokai monsters trilogy, but he scored over 100 films. Appears he concentrated on television from mid-'80s onwards. Most recent IMDB credit is from 2012.
Also, I recently got a Euro-Western soundtrack by Amedeo Tommasi. He was born December 1st, 1935, so by end of this year he can be in this thread.
I've been looking for any interviews with the two oldest gents on the list - Johnny Pate and William Kraft. The most recent Pate interview I found is 7 years old, but there is this interview with Kraft from July this year. Still going strong at 97 years old, with a much younger wife (not too thrilled with the interviewer here, but you can disregard that for a moment):