Johnny Pearson  1925- 2011




He began his musical career on BBC radio as a pianist
working on ‘The Goon show’. His move into television
came in 1957 were  he is credited for the catchy
hornepipe  ditty used on the BBC Children’s cartoon ‘
Captain pugwash’. But is for  thirty  years as a
composer, arranger and pianist who working  on the
popoular BBC show ‘Top of the Pops, he may best be
remembered.
Amongst his many musical credits are the themes to theTV
Series, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, ‘Owen MD’ (
aka Sleepy Shores), Sports Programme Superstars and the
Yorkshire Television 1970’s quiz show 321.
The score ‘The Awakenening’ was adapted by Johnny and
became the iconic theme to ITV’s flagship news
programme News at Ten. 
He was also responsible for writing the start up music
for the Grampian and ATV regions.
His Chart success as
nom de plumbe ‘Sounds Orchestral ‘ came with the moody
‘Cast your fates to the wind’ reaching number 5 in the Hit
parade, further chart success  followed under this
guise.
 Maybe not as
famous as many of his contemporaries but in my opinion,
just as influential

Radio Sounds Familiar will be featuring work by
Johnny Pearson over the coming months..