Roy Budd

 presented by doug payne
roy frederick budd - mitcham, surrey - march 14, 1947. d: england - august 7, 1993

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PIANIST AND COMPOSER ROY BUDD was a child prodigy who gained his great keyboard facility and broad musical command largely on his own. Influenced early on by jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Budd began playing professionally at a very early age. 

He cut his first records as a teenager and eventually gained modest international fame as composer of more than 50 film scores. His most important scores -- GET CARTER (1971), FEAR IS THE KEY (1972) and THE STONE KILLER (1973) -- all included elements of both jazz and pop. 

But Budd, who has also recorded as "John  Brown Junior", also excelled at magisterial orchestral scores for FLIGHT OF THE DOVES (1971), SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE

TIGER (1977) and MAMMA DRACULA (1980). He also remained a fluent jazz pianist throughout his career, showing a flair for Oscar Peterson styled takes on many jazz and popular classics.

This outline chronicles the all-too brief, but fascinating career of Roy Budd.

THANK YOU: Randy Viscovich, who introduced me to Roy Budd, Paul Vietzke, Geoff Leonard, John Willard, Rick Conrad, Julius S. Bannister and Steve Hammonds who all helped too. Also, thanks to Peter Barnaart, Ingrid Grünwald, who provided the Caterina Valente detail, and Roland Held, who hipped me to the Japanese records. Thanks, too, to Mike Alway, whose passion for Roy Budd has helped make needlessly obscure music available to new ears. all rights reserved.

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