James Bond composer, who won 5 Oscars, started career at east Hull's Astoria
HE was a legendary film composer, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films.
Tributes have this week poured in for John Barry, who has died from a heart attack in New York.
The 77-year-old won five Oscars and was best known for composing scores for 11 Bond films.
But few realise his career took off after performing on the stage of the Astoria cinema in Holderness Road, east Hull, which was owned by his father Jack Prendergast.
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Mr Prendergast owned cinemas in York and Hull and it was at the Astoria where his son cut his teeth as the leader of his own pop group the John Barry Seven in the late 1950s.
Tony Agnew, 77, of Ceylon Street, east Hull, was a regular at the Astoria at the time.
"I remember John's band like it was yesterday," he said.
"He played the trumpet and his band played there every Sunday night.
"It was early rock n' roll and it was always packed.
"The manager of the cinema was Ronald Adcock.
"His daughter won a national rock n' roll dance competition and she would dance on stage with her partner while John and his band were playing."
Mr Adcock said he was sad to hear of the legendary composer's death.
"Hearing the news has brought back a lot of memories," he said.
"I still go to the Astoria. It's a bingo club now but it hasn't changed much since those days," he added.
Born in York, Mr Barry changed his surname name when he formed his first pop group.
As well as composing Bond scores such as Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, he wrote the soundtrack for Born Free and Out Of Africa as well as the theme tune for cult 1970s TV series The Persuaders.
Current Bond film composer David Arnold: "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally,"
In 2002 Mr Barry was named as Honorary Freeman of the City of York.