INTERVIEW WITH LARRY FALLON
(by Marco Virgona - DEC 2005)
Larry Fallon is well known in the music industry as a composer, pianist, arranger, orchestrator, music director and producer. His musical legacy includes Broadway credits featuring "Seesaw" (orchestrator), "Barnum" (orchestrator) and "Peg", starring Miss Peggy Lee (musical director and orchestrator). Film credits include "Ruby's Dream" with Joe Pesci (composer and performer); "Hellhunters" with Stewart Granger (composer); and the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" (scoring). His fifty years of experience in the jazz and entertainment worlds include producing and arranging over 67 major album recordings with such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Morgana King and Van Morrison (the highly praised "Astral Weeks" album). Mr. Fallon, Ron Odrich and Leonard Bernstein co-composed a piece for clarinet, piano and orchestra, "Leonardo's Vision".
bio/discography at: http://ljfent.com/Bio.html
Marco Virgona: When did jamaican music first get your attention?
Larry Fallon: Jamaican music first got my attention through Jimmy Cliff. I produced and arranged "Wonderful World Beautiful People", the single and the album. I loved the rhythm and the people.
MV: Tell me please about the first time you met Bob. It was in USA or in Jamaica?
LF: I first met Bob Marley at Danny Sims' apartment in New York City. Danny wanted me to get together with Bob to do some music. I later spent time with Bob, Tom Wilson (my partner) and Danny Sims in London. I went on to do three album's worth of music with Bob in NYC; only one was released, called "Chances Are".
MV: Please, talk about your relationship between you and Bob
LF: My relationship with Bob was a good one. He was sincere and a very good person, not caught up in the music business bull****. We often talked about other forms of music; knowing I was a jazz pianist, particularly jazz - he appreciated that art form.. Regarding the relationship with Bob and Johnny Nash, I would imagine it was a good one. I spent a lot of time with Danny Sims and Johnny Nash in London, and he always had good words towards Bob.