Of course, I know the Bond Themes. Barry was as much a part of the Bond franchise as Broccoli. (The husband and wife, not the green stuff), but Barry played a very significant part in my music loving life. At the age of about eight or nine, I was taken to see Adam Faith, backed by the John Barry Seven. It was my first ever music concert, if you leave out Billy Cotton.
It was John Barry and his management who turned Terry Nelhams into the pop icon of the time, underscoring the faith in him with Barry's own band while on tour. Faith's breakthough hit "What do you want", with its Buddy Holly hiccup was Barry's arrangement.
The John Barry toured with Faith in his early years, being given a spot on their own on the bill. I remember they had one of those amazing electric pianos, the kind you get on the Del Shannon records. In fact, if memory serves me well, they played "Hats off to Larry".
Having just tried to check this, the Musitron or Clavioline was the name of the keyboard instrument, and indeed, Barry, whilst working with his band did indeed use a Clavioline on several occasions.
According to the Del Shannon website,
Adam Faith ripped off the Musitron sound too in "Don't You Know It" and other songs. John Barry was totally inspired by Max Crook's work on Del Shannon's hits. Barry used a clavioline on his recordings of "Rocco's Theme," "Spinnerree," "Moody River," "Starfire," Rum-Dee-Dum-Dee-Dah," "Watch Your Step," and "Twist It." The latter two songs featured a great trilling work, which Adam Faith adopted soon thereafter.So, yes, John Barry will be remembered for Bond. But he did a lot more, including this one, that some of you may remember.