Jeff Wayne

Biography

Jeff Wayne

The famous composer of The War of the Worlds who has specialised in classical and jazz music throughout his career.

  • Born into a musical family in New York, Jeff Wayne is the son of Jerry Wayne who was famed in the musicals circuit, most notably for Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.
  • Wayne found his love for music from a young age specialising in classical and jazz.
  • Having chosen music as his career path he was given a break by his own father who was creating a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, something that he was able to contribute to.
  • Following on from his success working on his father’s production, Wayne went on to work on television and commercial jingles before moving on to film music and album composition.
  • In 1977 he began working on War of the Worlds, a compelling mix of progressive rock, hard rock, classical and literary influences.
  • He went on to guest many times with the London Symphony Orchestra, leading them in the performances of highlights from his War of the Worlds compositions.
  • Post War of the Worlds Wayne went on to produce a musical version of Spartacus, which included Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Did you know?
Such is the success of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, it has spawned a number of computer games, DVDs, live tours and multiple versions of the album.

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