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Looking for some more info on John Sbarra
« on: July 10, 2019, 01:45:12 AM »
I was just curious to find some more information about John R Sbarra. Some music credited to him (and usually Timothy Johnsen Haynes) has appeared in various media, and there are some really nice tunes he composed, but no matter how hard I look I can’t find a single bit of information about him online. It’s very possible John Sbarra is just a pseudonym, but that name seems to be credited on ASCAP.

His music appears on a few library music sites (mostly megatrax) but I can’t seem to find any information about which library released it originally, or when any of the music was actually released (although it’s pretty clearly from the 70s-early 80s just based on the sound and style). Some deeper searches say it was originally released by “Mufson Music Co.” I can’t find anything on them either.

I know a lot of the time there’s very little information on some of these library composers, so I might never find anything, but I figured maybe some people here might know where to look or even know who he actually is. I’d just be interested to find out some more info on who this guy was/is, and if there’s anywhere to find a more comprehensive collection of his music.

Here’s a couple of songs attributed to him, but there seem to be loads out there:


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Re: Looking for some more info on John Sbarra
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 04:14:51 AM »
I moved this to our General Discussion section. I think it fits better here ;)
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Re: Looking for some more info on John Sbarra
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 07:24:10 PM »
John R. Sbarra, Jr. (Robert?)
November 13th, 1932-May 11th, 2009 (Bath, PA)
(Obituaries: 1 / 2)

There's not a whole lot of info on the man himself, but the LP "Lovely Ladies" has a short bio on him which sums up pretty much everything I have found online:
John R. Sbarra, composer of ten of the selections included in this album, has been writing music for more than 25 years. In fact Maureen was originally composed in 1957 and waited until now to be recorded. John, with his longtime friend and supporter, Joe DiBuono, co-composed the popular theme for Huckleberry Finn and contributed to a holiday theme Come to [t]he Stable along with other concert favorites which have been performed and conducted by Richard Hayman during his regular concert tours with [t]he St. Louis and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, Pop Series. Richard, in fact, recorded an album of their music which was released last year. John, in his early career, studied composition under Alfred Newman, one of the foremost screen composers of all time.

The cues featured in the SIMS which I'm assuming is what lead you here, were sourced from Megatrax CD "Orchestral Archives Volume 1" (MX53).
I don't think these were sourced from prior library releases, but 'regular' commercial easy listening LPs. I'm no expert in this field, but I believe these cues were sourced and retitled from at least one or more of the following LPs:

Lovely Ladies - Norrie Paramor and His Orchestra (Haynes & Sbarra H & S 1001, 1978?)
(front / rear)   

Now's the Time... Love Will Always Matter - Frank Barber and His Orchestra (Haynes & Sbarra H & S 1002, 1979)
(front / rear)

Manhattan Rhapsody: John Fox Plays the Music of John Sbarra (Duramore DMC 3003, 1985?)

As you may have picked up on, the first two LPs were both issued on the Haynes & Sbarra label, itself under Haynes & Sbarra Music Publishing & Production Co., based in Rockaway, NJ - and presumably named after Tom Haynes and John Sbarra. The publishing rights for the company are now under Timothy J. Haynes Publishing, which would explain his co-writing credits.

A later compilation CD titled All My Best... Love Will Always Matter (Duramore Music Co. JS-001, 1990) also compiles compositions from these LPs and an unidentified Syd Dale LP(?).
(front / rear)

Hope that gives you a bit more to go on ;)

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Re: Looking for some more info on John Sbarra
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 10:22:38 PM »
Sbarra was an American composer whose work was featured on the 'beautiful music' radio stations over there. He died in the late noughties, but that's all I can really add to what Mr has written!

There's a piece on the Megatrax CD called 'Sine Me Up' which Norrie Paramor also recorded for the BBC with the Midland Radio Orchestra - I have an alternate version on a BBC transcription disc, so it must have been broadcast on Radio 2 at some point.  There are several pieces on the Megatrax CD which sound like it's the MRO performing them.
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