Ken Thorne

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Ken Thorne
Born (1924-01-26)26 January 1924
East Dereham, Norfolk, England, UK
Died 9 July 2014(2014-07-09) (aged 90)
West Hills, California, United States
Residence West Hills, California
Occupation Film score composer
Spouse(s) Linda Thorne

Kenneth Thorne (26 January 1924 – 9 July 2014) was a British television and film score composer.

Early life[edit]

Thorne was born in East Dereham, a town in the English county of Norfolk. Thorne began his musical career as a pianist with the big bands of England during the 1940s, playing at night clubs and the dance halls. At age 27, Thorne decided to seriously study composition with private tutors at Cambridge and later studied the organ for five years in London.[1]

Film scoring[edit]

Thorne began composing scores for films in 1948. Thorne was considered Richard Lester's composer of choice since their first work together on It's Trad, Dad! and Help!.

When Henry Mancini was scoring Blake Edwards' The Party with Peter Sellers, Thorne composed the soundtrack to Inspector Clouseau. He was hired for Richard Lester's films Superman II and III with instructions to reuse the music by John Williams and recompose them for the sequels, also adding some original work. He also did the music scores for The Magic Christian and The Monkees movie Head. From the 1980s, Ken Thorne mainly focused on his work for TV.


Thorne died at a hospital in West Hills, California on 9 July 2014.[2]

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