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Dudley Simpson, RIP
Travisina
It's just been announced on Twitter that Dudley Simpson passed away last night, age 95.

The composer of such many iconic TV scores, he and his music will never be forgotten.

RIP
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Zonda
A great age, and a wonderful life.

Dudley's wonderful theme music, and scores for almost every episode are not only something I have enjoyed whenever I watch Blake's 7, but also a part of my psyche.

So tonight I raise a glass. Nice one Dudley!
 
AnnaGrant
Very sad to hear this.
I was only reading a blog today that was discussing the important role that music played in Blake’s 7, and specifically in the episode Sarcophagus.
Dudley Simpson had a big part in making Blake’s 7 such a very distinctive programme.
 
BradPaula
Wow! Very sad to hear that. Another pillar holding up the Blake's 7 universe is gone. *Sigh*
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sweevo
95!? Wow. RIP, Mr Simpson. Sad
 
clareblues1
Very saddened to hear this news...as others have said he created a unique sound for Blake's 7 that is an enduring legacy and something his family can be very proud of.

Thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. RIP Dudley
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clanger68
Such sad news.

Thoughts to his family and friends.

A fantastic legacy of work left behind, so many wonderful pieces of music.

I always have a surge of joy when I hear the opening bars of the Blake's 7 theme, it generates instant happy memories and the prospect of many more to come.

Thank you Dudley for this wonderful gift.
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President Solvite
Another sad loss.

Rest in Peace.
 
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bob79519
He was one of the greatest composers ever. And to think most of his scores are not available as isolated soundtracks becasue of the BBC's tendency to remove important stuff from the archives. Rest in peace good sir, rest in peace.
 
Zenrac
Sad news indeed. I echo the comments above. His body of professional work is amazing. When you actually dig into it, he was almost viral with his output. Look at the back of a lot of DVD's from the BBC from that era and you see the name Dudley Simpson. A class act. May he rest in peace.
 
Tyce
So very, very sad.
 
Joe Dredd
A sad day.

RIP Mr Simpson, and thank you for all the music.
 
Lurena
Sad news.
But what a wonderful gift he has shared with us!
Thank you so much for your unique contributions, music that will never die.
RIP Mr Simpson
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briggsy1
His influence on the show was as significant as Terry Nation, Chris Boucher or the main cast members. rip indeed to Mr. Simpson.
 
daro2096
bob79519 wrote:

He was one of the greatest composers ever. And to think most of his scores are not available as isolated soundtracks becasue of the BBC's tendency to remove important stuff from the archives. Rest in peace good sir, rest in peace.


I wonder if they all exist on paper though? If yes, they could easily be reproduced.
 
sweevo
Unless the sheets have been burned or shredded or torn up, it could be done (hypothetically).
 
littlesue
daro2096 wrote:

bob79519 wrote:

He was one of the greatest composers ever. And to think most of his scores are not available as isolated soundtracks becasue of the BBC's tendency to remove important stuff from the archives. Rest in peace good sir, rest in peace.


I wonder if they all exist on paper though? If yes, they could easily be reproduced.


Are there any musicians on the forum? Only I read somewhere that John Wilson (he of the orchestra on the Proms) had to listen to the actual recordings of some of the old music from way back when and literally rewrite it note for note so that his guys could play it as it was once played by the studio orchestra...back in the day.
BTW, can anyone tell me what instruments are being used to play The Persuaders theme?
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daro2096
That must take a special talent Sue. That is something you are born with, it can't be learned.
 
briggsy1
I got the feeling that Dudley was someone who shunned the limelight. I've never, to my knowledge, read an interview with him talking about his work on Dr.Who or Blake's 7.
 
Travisina
briggsy1 wrote:
I've never, to my knowledge, read an interview with him talking about his work on Dr.Who or Blake's 7.

Funny you should say that...
The Supreme Commander has forwarded me an interview Dudley did for Horizon (Newsletter 28, 1991 for those of you who still have them from the pre-digital age - bet you've got yours, littlesue!). I'm going to reformat it and get it up on the website.
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