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26 January 1924|
East Dereham, Norfolk, England, UK
|Died||9 July 2014
West Hills, California, United States
|Residence||West Hills, California|
|Occupation||Film score composer|
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.
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! (1962), Help! (1965) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).
When Henry Mancini was scoring Blake Edwards' 1968 film The Party with Peter Sellers, Thorne composed the soundtrack to Inspector Clouseau. He also composed the music scores for How I Won the War (1967), The Monkees movie Head (1968), The Touchables (1968), Sinful Davey (1969), The Magic Christian (1969), The Bed-Sitting Room (1969), Hannie Caulder (1971), Juggernaut (1974), The Ritz (1976) and Arabian Adventure (1979). He was also 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. From the 1980s, Ken Thorne mainly focused on his work for TV.
Awards and nominations
- Academy Awards
- Winner for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
- Emmy Awards
- Nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for "For A Love Like You" from A Season of Hope (1995) [shared with Dennis Spiegel (lyricist)]
- Grammy Awards
- Ken Thorne. supermancinema.co.uk 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
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