ANTHONY PETER HATCH (born 30 June 1939), credited as pen name TONY HATCH, FRED NIGHTINGALE and MARK ANTHONY, is an English composer for musical theatre and television. He is also a noted songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer.
* 6 Selected compositions
* 6.1 Film and television
* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EARLY CAREER
Hatch was born in
Not long after working as a tea boy, he was writing songs and making
a name for himself within the recording industry, joining The Rank
Organisation 's new subsidiary
Top Rank Records ; there he worked for
On his return in 1959, Hatch began producing Top Rank artists such as
Bert Weedon , the then unknown
In 1960, Garry Mills 's (trumpeter Nat Gonella 's nephew) recording of Hatch's composition "Look For A Star", featured in the film Circus of Horrors , became a Top Ten hit in the UK for Top Rank. 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 Crickets , Buzz Cason ). Top Rank, despite some worldwide success with artists such as Jack Scott and The Fireballs , ultimately failed because of an unusual distribution arrangement with EMI.
A swift succession of events ensued through 1961 that Top Rank was
sold to EMI, briefly operated as a subsidiary, with hits by John
Leyton , and shuttered, with its artists transferred to other EMI
labels. Hatch moved on to a part-time job with
Pye Records , where he
assisted his new mentor,
Alan A. Freeman , with the recording of
"Sailor", a number 1 hit for
Hatch continued to write songs for Pye artists, sometimes under the
pseudonym 'Mark Anthony', including the popular "Messing About on the
Josh MacRae . In 1963,
While at Pye, he produced many of their artists: The Searchers ,
COLLABORATION WITH PETULA CLARK
After "Valentino", the first of Hatch's compositions to be recorded
In 1964, Hatch made his first trip to New York City in search of new
material for Clark. The visit inspired him to write "Downtown ",
The Drifters in mind. When Clark heard the still
unfinished tune, 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 in 1965, and introducing her to the US
market. The year also yielded the remarkable series of hits "I Know a
Place ", "You'd Better Come Home", and "
Round Every Corner
The song "Call Me ", written for and recorded by
Petula Clark's run of hits continued with "My Love ", "A Sign of the Times" , "Who Am I? ", "Colour My World ", and "I Couldn\'t Live Without Your Love ". Hatch also wrote Clark's 1967 hits "Don\'t Sleep in the Subway " and "The Other Man\'s Grass Is Always Greener " all written with his wife and co-writer Jackie Trent .
COLLABORATION WITH JACKIE TRENT AND LATER CAREER
In 1964, Hatch was hired to write his first television theme, for the soap opera Crossroads . It would become one of his best-known compositions, and has the distinction of being re-worked by Paul McCartney and Wings . He would continue to write television themes throughout the 60s, including the themes to Man Alive , the cult series The Champions , the crime anthology series Who-Dun-It, and The Doctors . When asked to write a song to be featured in the Inspector Rose series, It\'s Dark Outside , he supplied "Where Are You Now? ", with lyrics and vocals by a recently acquired Pye artist, Jackie Trent . The song immediately clicked with the public and shot to number 1 in the charts.
Though still married to his first wife, Hatch began an affair with Jackie Trent, who had become a frequent songwriting collaborator. This ongoing affair was the inspiration for the song "I Couldn\'t Live Without Your Love ".
Hatch and Trent were married in 1966. Their duet "The Two Of Us" topped the Australian charts and created a demand for concert and cabaret performances earning the duo the nickname of "Mr & Mrs Music". The couple also wrote the song "Joanna ", a hit for Scott Walker . One of their more unusual collaborations was the song "We'll Be With You" written for Stoke City Football Club in the club's successful run for the League Cup in 1972. The song featured the team and supporters and was recorded at the supporters club using PYE Records mobile studio. The song is still sung by fans as the team runs out on matchdays.
During the 1970s, Hatch and Trent diversified into musical theatre.
Their first project, The Card , based on
After completing the music score to the movie
OTHER RECENT EVENTS
Hatch made a guest appearance on Graham Fellows 's radio show, The Shuttleworths in 1994.
In 2003, a disco remix of the original recording of "Downtown" was released in Australia by The OUTpsiDER with the blessing of both Hatch and Clark and became a hit. A souvenir CD box set of six of Hatch's albums (four from the 1960s and two from the 1970s – including one with Jackie Trent), all in replicas of their original covers, was released in 2005.
In 2010, the song "Push a Little Button", written by Hatch and
performed by his 15-year-old sister Ninette, and released on the Pye
Records label in 1966, was used as the soundtrack for a campaign by UK
TV Licensing, promoting the availability of online methods of paying
the UK TV licence which funds the BBC. Hatch performed at the Hackney
Empire on 9 September 2012, for a
Grand Order of Water Rats evening -
'The Golden Years of Variety'. At the piano he played the theme tunes
On 13 June 2013, Hatch was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame , at a ceremony held at the New York Marriott Marquis . He was accompanied by his wife, Maggie.
More recently Tony has returned to the public eye, performing in October 2016 at the inaugural Variety Hall of Fame Awards, with Petula Clark , launching a new look website at www.tonyhatch.co.uk and hosting "As Heard on TV" on BBC Radio 2 on 1st November 2016.
Hatch has two daughters from his first marriage to Jean, as well as a
son and daughter from his marriage to Jackie Trent. He now lives in
FILM AND TELEVISION
* 1962: Stork Talk (Film) * 1964: Crossroads (TV) * 1965: Man Alive (TV) * 1968: The Champions (TV) * 1969: Who-Dun-It (TV) * 1969: The Doctors (TV) * 1972: Travels with My Aunt (Film) * 1972: Emmerdale Farm (TV) * 1972: Mr ">
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