Bill Kenwright presents three programmes looking at the life and music of the head chorister who went on to become one of Britain's leading composers, songwriters, arrangers and producers.

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0120120108Bill Kenwright presents the first of three programmes looking at the life and music of the former Head Chorister who went on to become one of Britain's leading composers, songwriters, arrangers and producers.
Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love. Don't Sleep In The Subway, Joanna, Crossroads, Sportsnight and Neighbours are just a few of the songs and compositions of Tony Hatch who celebrated his 70th birthday in June 2009 [when this series first broadcast] and who was hugely instrumental in the careers of Petula Clark and The Searchers.
In the first of three programmes, Bill Kenwright traces Tony Hatch's early years from the 12 year old hooked on the light orchestras of Mantovani and Stanley Black, to the international success of Downtown.
The series includes an exclusive contribution from Tony himself talking about his life in music and we hear from some of the people involved in those early years including Julie Grant. John McNally of The Searchers talks about the moment when Brian Epstein didn't sign the band and they thought they'd missed the boat, until Tony Hatch arrived in Liverpool and signed them up. Fellow Searcher, Frank Allen talks about the impact that Tony's involvement had on the band's career and Petula Clark recalls the moment when she first heard the amazing piano intro to Downtown.
Bill Kenwright presents the first of three programmes on the life and music of Tony Hatch.
0120090619Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love.
Don't Sleep In The Subway, Joanna, Crossroads, Sportsnight and Neighbours are just a few of the songs and compositions of Tony Hatch who celebrates his 70th birthday in June and who was hugely instrumental in the careers of Petula Clark and The Searchers.
The series includes an exclusive contribution from Tony, who talks about his life in music.
The first Tony Hatch composition to be recorded, Crazy Bells, was by the young Gerry Dorsey - soon to become Engelbert Humperdink.
When Tony joined Pye Records, the label put him on a retainer until his discharge from National Service.
This enabled him, uniquely, to work part time during his three years in the Army where he produced and arranged music for the Band of the Coldstream Guards.
As a staff producer at Pye during the early 1960s Tony worked with and produced artists as diverse as Mark Wynter and Julie Grant, as well as comedy stars like Benny Hill and Tony Hancock.
As his reputation grew he was also asked to write for and produce several American artists such as Connie Francis, Keely Smith and Bobby Rydell.
In 1963, Tony brought The Searchers to Pye, producing their first hit, Sweets For My Sweet, writing their second, Sugar and Spice and remaining as their producer for the next few years.
It was also at Pye that he began a remarkable musical partnership.
After assisting on the recording of Sailor by Petula Clark, Tony became her regular producer.
Travelling to New York in 1964, he was inspired to write Downtown and the rest is history.
Petula's recording of the song made her an international star and a string of consecutive hits followed, written firstly by Tony and later in collaboration with Jackie Trent, who he married in 1967.
Their musical partnership continued with several hits for Petula, as well as Joanna, a hit for Scott Walker in 1968.
In 1964, Tony was asked to write a television theme for a new soap opera and Crossroads became one of his best known works, later being reworked by Paul Mccartney.
He went on to write several successful TV themes including Man Alive, Sportsnight, The Champions and, of course, Emmerdale.
Together with Jackie, Tony wrote his most famous TV composition - the theme tune for Australian TV soap, Neighbours.
During the 1970s he and Jackie moved into the world of musical theatre, writing the music and lyrics for The Card, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, and Rock Nativity.
It was also in the 1970s that Tony earned himself the reputation as The Hatchet Man", for the blunt way in which he assessed the contestants on the talent show New Faces - a forerunner to the style of Simon Cowell.
In the first of three programmes, Bill Kenwright traces Tony Hatch's early years from the 12 year old hooked on the light orchestras of Mantovani and Stanley Black, to the international success of Downtown.
The programme includes an exclusive contribution from Tony and we hear from some of the people involved in those early years including Julie Grant.
John McNally of The Searchers talks about the moment when Brian Epstein didn't sign the band and they thought they'd missed the boat, until Tony Hatch arrived in Liverpool and signed them up.
Fellow Searcher, Frank Allen talks about the impact that Tony's involvement had on the band's career and Petula Clark recalls the moment when she first heard the amazing piano intro to Downtown."
0220120115Bill Kenwright presents the second of three programmes profiling the life and music of songwriter, composer and producer, Tony Hatch
Tonight's programme looks at the golden years following the success of 'Downtown' when Tony notched up a string of hits with Petula Clark including 'I Know A Place', 'You're the One' (co-written with Petula), 'My Love', 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' and 'I Couldn't Live Without Your Love'. The latter two, of course, were written with Jackie Trent, who Tony began working with in 1963 and who he eventually married. Together, they formed one of the most successful song-writing partnerships in pop music history, earning them the tag 'Mr and Mrs Music', writing and recording songs together as well as for other artists such as Scott Walker.
We hear from Petula Clark on the songs that made her want to sing and her reluctance to record 'My Love' which then went on to become a No. 1 hit in America. There is archive recording of Jackie Trent recalling the first song she wrote with Tony and of recording 'The Two Of Us' which made them household names in Australia. Tony himself talks about and demonstrates his songwriting style.
Bill Kenwright presents the second of three programmes on the life and music of Tony Hatch
0220090703Tonight's programme looks at the golden years following the success of Downtown when Tony notched up a string of hits with Petula Clark including I Know A Place, You're The One (co-written with Petula), My Love, Don't Sleep In The Subway and I Couldn't Live Without Your Love.
The latter two, of course, were written with Jackie Trent, who Tony began working with in 1963 and who he eventually married.
Together, they formed one of the most successful song-writing partnerships in pop music history, earning them the tag Mr and Mrs Music", writing and recording songs together as well as for other artists such as Scott Walker.
We hear from Petula Clark about the songs that made her want to sing and her reluctance to record My Love, which then went on to become a number one hit in America.
There is archive of Jackie Trent recalling the first song she wrote with Tony and of recording The Two Of Us, which made them household names in Australia.
And Tony himself talks about his songwriting style and gives his own opinion on being called the "British Burt Bacharach"."
03 LAST20120122Bill Kenwright presents the third and final part of Colour My World: The Tony Hatch Story.
In 1964 Tony was commissioned to write his first television theme when the goings-on at the Crossroads motel became a daily feature in the lives of many people. He went on to become the composer in demand for TV, writing the themes for Sportsnight, Man Alive, Emmerdale and, of course, Neighbours, among many others. He also earned himself a fearsome reputation as "The Hatchet Man" on the talent show New Faces and he and Jackie moved into musical theatre, providing the music and lyrics for The Card.
In tonight's programme we hear from TV producer Reg Watson who, back in 1964, commissioned Tony to write the music for Crossroads. 20 years later he heard Tony's composition for Neighbours and knew, as soon as he heard it, that the song was absolutely perfect for the show. And Barry Crocker, who provided the vocals on the original version, talks about the day that he recorded it with Tony.
Theatre impresario, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, talks about his work with Tony on stage musicals,The Card and Rock Nativity and we come right up to date with American producer, Victoria Laing, who explains why she included nine of Tony's songs in her current stage show, Shout - The Mod Musical.
Bill Kenwright looks at Tony Hatch's work in TV and on the stage.
03 LAST20090710Bill Kenwright presents the third and final part of Colour My World: The Tony Hatch Story.
In 1964 Tony was commissioned to write his first television theme when the goings-on at the Crossroads motel became a daily feature in the lives of many people.
He went on to become the composer in demand for TV, writing the themes for Sportsnight, Man Alive, Emmerdale and, of course, Neighbours, among many others.
He also earned himself a fearsome reputation as The Hatchet Man" on the talent show New Faces and he and Jackie moved into musical theatre, providing the music and lyrics for The Card.
In tonight's programme we hear from TV producer Reg Watson who, back in 1964, commissioned Tony to write the music for Crossroads.
20 years later he heard Tony's composition for Neighbours and knew, as soon as he heard it, that the song was absolutely perfect for the show.
And Barry Crocker, who provided the vocals on the original version, talks about the day that he recorded it with Tony.
Theatre impresario, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, talks about his work with Tony on stage musicals,The Card and Rock Nativity and we come right up to date with American producer, Victoria Laing, who explains why she included nine of Tony's songs in her current stage show, Shout - The Mod Musical.
Bill Kenwright looks at Tony Hatch's work in TV and on the stage."

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Trivia

  • Episode two was due to be broadcast on 20090626, but moved due to the tribute to Michael Jackson.