Lyrics Don wrote for Barry's famous themes from Out of Africa (the song is called 'Places') and Dances With Wolves ('Here's To The Heroes') have been successful in Europe (going gold in Germany, sung by the tenor Erkan Aki), and there are plans for American and British releases as well.
The original score and songs for Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Dances with Wolves were composed and conducted by John Barry with lyrics written by Don. Don says it’s unsurprising that Barry is given to overwhelming mood swings. ‘Who knows where that music comes from? You wonder how a guy like this can write Dances With Wolves. What does he know about frontier life in the Wild West? The guy comes from York, for heaven’s sake. The answer has to be that there’s a great depth of emotion in him.’