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From head chorister at all souls, Langham Place, London and a musical education firmly rooted in the classics and church music Tony left school in 1955 and took a job as tea boy in a small London music publishing company. Thus began a career, which has established him as one of today’s leading composers of popular songs and music for television.

For the first two years, whilst not making tea, running errands, doing the filing and playing piano for the many singers that visited the office in search of a song, he ran a dance band at the weekends, taught himself orchestration and played piano in pubs and for a local dancing school.

The major break came when he joined Top Rank records in 1957 and, whilst still only 18, wrote his first international hit song "Look for a Star", featured in the film “Circus of Horrors”.

UK national service briefly interrupted his progress but he chose to serve 3 years with the band of the Cold Stream Guards. During this time top-rank folded but Tony managed to find a new job in the record business working part-time (and quite legally) for Pye Records (where he co-produced and wrote the musical arrangements for such artistes as Lonnie Donegan and Kenny Ball.

On leaving the army to work full-time at Pye he produced hits with Emile Ford, The “Brook Brothers” , Jimmy Justice, Mark Wynter and The Searchers for whom he also wrote Sugar and Spice.


A new artist “The OUTpsiDER” who is with Blue Pie has remixed this track which was released through 2003 and 2004 and did very well. In recent times the delightful " Emma Bunton " one of the Spice Girls has recorded a super smash cover of Downtown that took the song to the top of the charts again. A remarkable achievment and a great version. You can download these songs in the shop.

It was the teaming of Tony and Petula Clark at Pye, however, that really made the magic happen when, in 1964, Tony wrote, arranged and produced the international classic “Downtown” which sold over three million records world wide! Australia’s “The OUTpsiDER” has also completed a new version of the song.

This was the start of a golden period, which produced such international successes as:
· Call me
· I know a place
· My love
· You’re the one (written with Petula)
· Where are you now (with co-writer Jackie Trent) This went No #1 in the UK for Jackie in 1965)
· I couldn't’ live without your love
· Don’t sleep in the subway
· The two of us, (duet with Jackie and #1 in Australia in the late 60’s)
· The other man’s grass is always greener
· Who am I
· A sign of the times
· Colour my world
· Joanna (for Scott Walker)

The 70’s
In the 70’s Tony earned himself the reputation as the ‘Hatchet Man’ on the long running UK version of Australia’s ‘new faces’. (He told it like it is!).

His TV and film credits include:
· Crossroads
· Emmerdale
· Sportsnight
· Airline
· The Champions
· Travels with my Aunt
· The Sweeney 2
· Neighbours – The Australian TV soap that has never left the airwaves and broadcast in over 40 countries.

Tony’s songs have been featured in over 100 films, countless television productions and have been performed or recorded by such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis jnr, Jack Jones, Dolly Parton and Shirley Bassey.

Stage musicals include:
· Rock Nativity (1976)
· The Card , London 1973 and 1994

From 1985 - 1995 (whilst living in Sydney) Tony was producer and musical director of Australia’s largest annual live televised festival of Christmas music ‘Carols in the Domain’. Tony has been guest conductor in popular music concerts with the BBC Radio Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and major Australian symphony orchestras.

Tony’s ‘Sounds of the Seventies’ instrumental theme provided the inspiration and original samples for the Pepe deluxe record ‘Woman in Blue’ which became the theme music for the Levi’s jeans commercial and a top twenty hit in 2002.

He is currently recording a new instrumental album and also about to launch a one-man show, featuring his many songs, some new ones and just ‘telling it like it is’. Retired? No way!

Tony has been associated with the Variety Club, the “Children’s Charity”, since 1982 and was chief barker (president) of the Variety Club of Australia from 1987 - 1990 during which time he produced the 1989 Variety Clubs International convention in Sydney. He has also served as International President and as chief barker of Tent 36, the Variety club of Great Britain.

Tony has lived and worked in the UK, Eire & Australia he now lives in Menorca (Spain) with his wife, Maggie, and commutes regularly to the UK.

 
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