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What year did John Williams grow his beard?

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Just a random question that poped into my mind

 

in the AFI video there seems to be a picture of him recording TV show music (mid 60's) where he doesn't have a beard yet (but balding though)

 

and he didn't seem to have glasses when he was young

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2 hours ago, Thor said:

Ha, ha...good, albeit esoteric question.

 

I'm not sure. It's somewhere in the early 70s, but I have no specific year.

 

We need to establish an exact timeline for when he began to grow it!

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49 minutes ago, Muad'Dib said:

When he hit puberty.

We need year by year photo demonstration chart. John Williams, The Bearded Odyssey.

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Depending on how long it is and his maintenance schedule and growth rate, there's a slim chance that some of the hairs in his beard first grew out when he was writing Star Wars. 

 

You could stroke his beard and feel a hair that once reverbated and danced to the first hum or strike of the piano key that became the Star Wars Main Titles. 

 

Absolutely wondrous!

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9 hours ago, Miguel Andrade said:

He already had a beard in the mid-to-late 60's. On the back of the Penelope LP (1966) there is a small picture of Williams conducting and he had a goatee.

Some of the images you mention come from early 60's sessions.

 

A goatee, yes, but not the beard we know today. I feel fairly confident he grew this in the early 70s, as I have seen no 60s pictures sporting this particular hairdo. But I could be wrong.

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 The answer to this topic is obvious that the more hair he had on top of his head, the less need he had for hair under his chin. As he lost hair, he grew the beard to compensate.  As proof, note this photograph with partial baldness and partial beard.

 

John-Williams-young.jpg

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18 hours ago, karelm said:

 The answer to this topic is obvious that the more hair he had on top of his head, the less need he had for hair under his chin. As he lost hair, he grew the beard to compensate.  As proof, note this photograph with partial baldness and partial beard.

 

John-Williams-young.jpg

 

I've seen that photo before. It's either from the late 60s or early 70s, before he "expanded" the goatee into a full beard. He has a bit of Jerry Fielding going on in this period.

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16 hours ago, Incanus said:

Do you prefer the goatee over the "expanded/complete version" also in this case? After all John Williams intended us to enjoy his beard in both ways. And he has always been an excellent beard producer.

 

He, he...I KNEW someone would post a quip on that. :D

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