On this day in Film History: Up in the Sky, it’s Ken Thorne

On this day in film history, film and television composer Ken Thorne was born in 1924


Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, Thorne began to seriously study composition at the age of 27 and began composing for films in 1948.

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I’m glad Thorne won an award for this score, it’s excellent!

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In the 1960s, Thorne composed the score for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.


Ken Thorne is probably best remembered, however, for scoring Superman II (1980) and Superman III (1983), though he was instructed to largely reuse John Williams original themes from the original film, with some additions of his own.

After the 1980s, Thorne spent the remainder of his career focusing on television music. He died on July 9th, 2014 at the age of 90. Let’s all take a minute to remember the wonderful music he created.

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