Happy 84th Birthday John Williams


Everyone has that “thing” that initially drew them to Star Wars.  Whether it was the adventure, the spirituality, or the action, there is something in those films for all of us that drew us in and became the constant within the franchise that could always bring us back to that place and time where we initially fell in love with that galaxy far, far away.  For me, and a great many others I’d assume, that “thing” was the iconic and beautiful music of John Williams.


I’d say I’ve likely listened to the scores to the Star Wars films more times in my life than I have watched their corresponding movies.  It was Williams’ art that made Star Wars stand out to me amid a mass of other Sci-Fi knock offs in the 80’s.  It was Williams’ work that helped connect the prequel trilogy to the originals I held so dear when I was older.  And it was the work of an 83 year old John Williams that still found that same youthful exuberance in great pieces such as Rey’s Theme or The Jedi Steps just a couple months ago and made me fall in love with yet another Star Wars score.


If George Lucas is the heart of Star Wars, then John Williams is its soul.   So, today I and the rest of us at Star Wars News Net, would like to wish John Williams a very happy 84th birthday.  May your 84th year on earth bring you much health and happiness.  And if we’re all very lucky, may it bring an announcement that you’ll be back for Episode VIII.


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19 thoughts on “Happy 84th Birthday John Williams

  • February 9, 2016 at 12:19 am


  • February 9, 2016 at 12:31 am

    My best wishes to him.
    As a composer myself, he’s an incredible inspiration.
    He’s the one that has been the most constant through all seven films made, delivering great scores for each one of them.
    A living legend, for sure.

  • February 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

    “The Empire Strikes Back” was the first record I ever owned. Today half of my music collection has his name on it. Happy Birthday, John. And many happy returns.

  • February 9, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Technically it would be his 85th year, since at one years old you are on your 2nd year, etc. jajajaja

  • February 9, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Before the title of the article showed up I was thinking “shit John Williams had passed away!” Alas that was not the case. H.B.

  • February 9, 2016 at 1:48 am

    When I saw John’s photo, my heart skipped a beat. Fortunately, it’s his birthday. =D

    • February 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Same here. Need to read before jumping to conclusions.

  • February 9, 2016 at 1:59 am

    GOAT. hopefully he has many more birthdays left. 🙂

  • February 9, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Well said! At 84, he shows no signs of slowing down! Hope he gets that Oscar!

  • February 9, 2016 at 3:16 am

    I’m blasting the glorious Resistance March this moment in honor of Mr. Williams!

  • February 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    hoping he would continue be in charge of ST

  • February 9, 2016 at 6:45 am

    This man has scored most of our childhoods. I mean, look at his career: all seven Star Wars films, all four Indiana Jones films, E.T., Superman, the first three Harry Potters, the Home Alone films (there isn’t a 3, 4, or 5. No, shut up), Hook, the first two Jurassic Parks, and so many more. There hasn’t been another film composer as talented or as influential as John Williams.

    And considering the fact that I have over two days worth of his music on my laptop, that says a lot.
    Happy Birthday, and may you have many more.

    • February 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Home Alone 3 is quite different, but bearable. But I’m going to pretend the last two never happened

  • February 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

    A fantastic talent and a true jedi master of sound. Happy birthday Mr. Williams!

  • February 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Williams, and many happy returns. Thank you for sharing your music and talent with the world. Because of you the world is a much brighter place.

  • February 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Maestro Williams, thanks for basically creating the best music put to film and otherwise. May the Force be with you for 84 more years.

  • February 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Nobody does it like Johnny. Only Brian Wilson comes close when it comes to reaching in and wringing emotions out of my brain.

  • February 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Rebo ol’ buddy, I’m right with you on this one! The first record album I ever bought was the ESB soundtrack, about a month before the movie opened in 1980. A year or so before, I’d gotten “The Story of Star Wars” for my birthday, which gave me a huge chunk of the soundtrack of the first film (which I finally bought not long after I bought the one for ESB.) I played the grooves out of those records, and did the same with the Raiders soundtrack the following year. I can honestly say that as much as I love Star Wars, I might very well not have fallen as deeply in love with it had it not been for John Williams’ film scores.

    You nailed it. George Lucas may have been the heart of Star Wars, but John Williams was always and will always be the soul. ;^)

    Happy Birthday, Maestro Williams! Long may you wave…

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