John Williams’ debut as a feature film composer was for 1958’s Daddy-O, a B-movie about street racing starring singer Dick Contino.
With 49 Academy Award nominations, John Williams is the second most nominated individual ever (after Walt Disney). He’s won five of them.
“The Imperial March” (and “Yoda’s Theme”) were first heard three weeks before Empire premiered, at a special concert in Boston.
All Star Wars movie music has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra; back in 1978 they won three Grammy awards for it.