Roy Budd

Roy Frederick Budd (14 March 1947 – 7 August 1993), was a British jazz musician and composer, known for his film scores. Born in South Norwood in Grange Road, Surrey, Budd became interested in music from an early age and had built up a vast musical repertoire by the age of eight. On leaving school at the age of sixteen, he embarked on a professional career as a jazz pianist and formed The Roy Budd Trio, with bassist Pete Morgan and drummer Chris Karan. He composed his first film score in 1970 and became a prolific composer of films during the seventies and eighties writing the scores for over fifty films. Get Carter and The Wild Geese are among some of his best known scores. Budd was two when he began to play the piano, initially by ear and then by copying various melodies he heard by listening to the radio. When he was six, two Austrian music experts visited him at home and after various tests, found that he was pitch perfect. In 1953, he made his public concert debut at the London Coliseum. By the age of eight, he could play the Wurlitzer organ and four years later was appearing on television at The London Palladium. In 1957, he featured on the Carroll Levis show on radio.


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