Four versions of the song charted simultaneously in the United States, including Mills' original and a version by ' Garry Miles ' a recording alias of future member of The CricketsBuzz Cason. A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD) Rank, despite some worldwide success with artists such as Jack Scott and The Fireballsultimately failed because of an unusual distribution arrangement with EMI.
A swift succession of events ensued through that Top Rank was sold to EMI, briefly operated as a subsidiary, with hits by John Leytonand shuttered, with its artists transferred to other EMI labels.
Hatch moved on to a part-time job with Pye Recordswhere he assisted his new mentor, Alan A. Freemanwith the recording of "Sailor", a number 1 hit for Petula Clark.
By mid, Hatch finally began using his own name as a composer regularly, with Tony Hatch being the credited composer of many of Petula Clark 's biggest mids hits, including " Downtown ", " I Know a Place ", and " Sign of the Times ", among others.
His production of The Searchers' entire Pye catalogue was significant in that nearly every song was issued in true stereo. The only other UK chart acts with so much stereo were George Martin producing The Beatles and Ron Richards producing The Hollies although a handful of early Hollies albums were initially issued only in mono. Hatch also recorded various lounge style albums with his orchestra; he also made solo piano recordings and some tracks as a vocalist.
After "Valentino", the first of Hatch's compositions to be recorded by Petula Clarkhe became her regular producer. They collaborated on a series of French-language recordings for Vogue Records.
Clark, whose husband was French and who spoke the language fluently, had a successful career throughout Europe. Hatch became one of her regular songwriting partners, in addition to supplying English lyrics for songs she had composed with French lyricists. The visit inspired him to write " Downtown ", originally with The Drifters in mind. When Clark heard the still unfinished A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD), she told him that if he could write lyrics to match the quality of the music, she would record the song as her next single.
Its release transformed her into a huge international star, topping charts globally early inand introducing her to the US market. The Downtown Sound of Tony Hatchfeatures instrumental versions of some of his best known songs, along with new compositions. The song " Call Me ", A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD) for and recorded by Petula Clark inwas recorded by Chris Montez later in the year.
He wrote all of these except "My Love" with his wife Jackie Trent. InHatch was hired to write his first television theme, for the soap opera Crossroads. It would become one of his best-known compositions, and was re-worked by Paul McCartney and Wings.
He would continue to write television themes throughout the s, including the themes to Man AliveThe Championsand The Doctors. Though still married to his first wife, Hatch began an affair with Jackie Trent, who had become a frequent songwriting collaborator.
Hatch and Trent married in The song is still sung by fans as the team runs out on matchdays. During the s, Hatch and Trent diversified into musical theatre, A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD). An original cast album was released in An updated version of the show toured nationally in and was broadcast nationally by Scottish TV. During the s Hatch was also a regular panellist on the talent show New Faces where his blunt style of assessing the contestants has proved to be a forerunner of approaches to come in later, similar series.
Hatch continued to produce hit TV themes for series such as Seagull Island and Airline before moving to Australia in While there, the couple wrote one of their best known compositions, the theme for the TV soap opera Neighbours. Hatch produced the Original A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD) Cast Recording of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats inwhilst serving as the show's production musical director.
Hatch and Trent separated inand divorced in A souvenir CD box set of six of Hatch's albums four from the s and two from the s — including one with Jackie Trentwas released in The major break came when he joined Top Rank records in and, whilst still only 18, wrote his first international hit song Look for a Star, featured in the film Circus of Horrors.
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.
It was the teaming of Tony and Petula Clark at Pye, however, that really made the magic happen when, inTony wrote, arranged and produced the classic Downtown which sold over three million records worldwide and established Petula as an international star! In Tony left Pye records to allow himself more flexibility.
From — he lived in Dublin and worked extensively for RTE producing and appearing with his wife Jackie A Man And A Woman - Tony Hatch - Downtown The Best Of Tony Hatch (CD) in television music series and specials. Film scores include: Travels with my Aunt and Sweeney Two. He has also served as international president and as chief barker of tent 36, Variety great Britain.
His long association with variety has created another career as an experienced event producer. Tony is as busy as ever, currently tying himself up in knots on various projects.
Tony is available for television shows, radio, personal appearances and shows.
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