John Morris

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John Morris


John Leonard Morris (b. 18 October 1926, Elizabeth, N.J.) is a retired American film and television composer, best known for his work with filmmaker Mel Brooks.

Morris has had a long career of composing music for Mel Brooks, starting in 1968 with The Producers which was Brooks' first film. Morris continued to write the scores and songs for most of Brooks' films. Morris also composed the music to To Be or Not to Be, a film in which Brooks starred as well as wrote but did not direct. The original music for The Elephant Man, a film that was produced by Brooks, was also scored by Morris. John was the only person who managed to film the Ramones live at the CBGB's back in the 1974. Some of his footage was used in the DVD It's Alive.

According to Brooks on an audio commentary of Young Frankenstein, Morris' best scores written for his movies were The Elephant Man and Young Frankenstein.

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