The main man of 007 lyrics talks to The Complete James Bond Themes

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

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As I walked through the front door of his beautiful Kensington home, it was clear that Don Black was having a busy day. Despite his 77 years, the Oscar-winning lyricist is still in huge demand and it turns out that it was a long-time collaborator that had been keeping him on his toes on a Thursday morning.

"Andrew Lloyd-Webber keeps ringing me every 20 minutes from New York," he explained…

Another Oscar-winning legend contributes to The Complete James Bond Themes

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Bill conti

If you were sitting in your local pub and you decided to make a list of the most recognisable and loved film themes of the last fifty years, you wouldn't get far before someone suggested the iconic theme from Rocky. Forever associated with Sylvester Stallone's training montage - and that climb up the Philadelphia steps - Gotta Fly Now was a US number one single and catapulted composer Bill Conti into…

A House for Mr Biswas

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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Back in 1962, a young singer and West End composer was asked if he'd be interested in providing the music for a brand new spy thriller. Made with a budget of under $1 million, the new United Artists feature was based on a well-known series of books and producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman needed someone to write its score.

Monty Norman was initally unsure about the assignment…

On an All Time High

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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It's not every day that you get the chance to meet a true musical legend, but that's what happened last week when I was invited to the home of three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice.

Perhaps most famous for his work in musical theatre, Rice has penned some of the most famous songs ever seen on a West End stage. From his work on Jesus Christ Superstar to Joseph, Rice is…

A chat with a legendary American writer and producer

Monday, 11 April 2016

In the late 1980s, if you wanted a hit record there was one producer you went to. Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Stewart and Starship all had huge hits across the world thanks to the production skills of Narada Michael Walden.

Indeed, in 1987 he joined a very elite list of producers who managed to knock one of their own productions off the top of the charts…

Two men, one theme

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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Last week I had the great pleasure of speaking to a man whose name you may not know but whose work is world famous. Back in 1958, Vic Flick was the lead guitarist of the popular combo The John Barry Seven and played guitar on the soundtrack of the 1960 film Beat Girl. You can hear his trademark sound in the attached YouTube clip.

A couple of years later Barry was asked to arrange…

Listen to the BBC radio interview about The Complete James Bond Themes

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

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In the run-up to the release of Spectre in 2015, the good folks at the BBC got in touch to ask me if I would speak about Sam Smith's song and Bond music more generally. Why does it remain so popular and why is it still such a big deal? 

Over the course of a few weeks I did more than 40 interviews for the network, including a spot on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC2 and pieces…

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