John Russell "Jack" Parnell (6 August 1923 – 8 August 2010) was an English bandleader and musician.
Parnell was born into a theatrical family in London. His uncle was theatrical impresario Val Parnell.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he was voted best drummer in the Melody Maker poll for seven years in succession. He composed many television themes, including Love Story (for which he won the Harriet Cohen Award), Father Brown, The Golden Shot and Family Fortunes. He was also the musical director for The Benny Hill Show.
He was appointed musical director for ATV in 1956, a post he held until 1981, and served as the 'real' conductor for The Muppet Show orchestra for the entire series and even composed the bombastic brass score theme to ITC Entertainment.
He was jailed for three months for a drink-driving accident in 1979, hitting a motorcyclist who lost a legЧитать далее в Википедии...
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