Renowned composer Laurie Johnson, known for creating some of Britain’s most beloved television themes and film music, has passed away at the age of 96.
Johnson’s iconic themes include those for popular shows like The Avengers, The Professionals, Animal Magic, and This is Your Life. Additionally, he arranged instrumental versions of numerous songs used as production music.
His family announced his passing, stating that Johnson left behind a lasting legacy that will resonate in the hearts of many. His music, spanning film, TV, theatre, and radio, touched millions worldwide. Describing him as an extraordinary individual who embraced life with passion, the family emphasized his contributions to iconic scores, themes, and soundtracks throughout his illustrious career.
The family expressed, “Laurie’s warmth, empathy, and contagious spirit of enjoyment and laughter will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.” Johnson passed away peacefully in his sleep, leaving behind a void deeply felt by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
Hailing from North London, the accomplished composer, active from the 1960s to the 1980s, created numerous influential themes and scores.
Laurie Johnson’s notable TV themes include Jason King.
In the film domain, he earned credits for significant works like Dr. Strangelove, Tiger Bay, and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet.