Category:Songs written by Tony Hatch
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The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Tony Hatch – Anthony Peter Tony Hatch, also credited as Fred Nightingale and Mark Anthony, is an English composer for musical theatre and television. He is also a songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer. Hatch was born in Pinner, Middlesex, encouraged by his musical abilities, his mother – also a pianist – enrolled him in the London Choir School in Wansunt Road, Bexley, Kent when he was 10. Instead of continuing at the Royal Academy of Music, he left school in 1955, while he served his National Service, he became involved with the Band of the Coldstream Guards. In 1960, Garry Millss recording of Hatchs composition Look For A Star, featured in the film Circus of Horrors, four versions of the song charted simultaneously in the United States, including Mills original and a version by Garry Miles. Top Rank, despite some success with artists such as Jack Scott and The Fireballs. Hatch moved on to a job with Pye Records, where he assisted his new mentor, Alan A. Freeman, with the recording of Sailor. Hatch continued to write songs for Pye artists, sometimes under the pseudonym Mark Anthony, in 1964 he wrote the Searchers hit Sugar and Spice. His production of The Searchers entire Pye catalog was significant in that every song was issued in true stereo. The only other UK chart acts with so much stereo was George Martin producing The Beatles, 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 Hatchs compositions to be recorded by Petula Clark and they collaborated on a series of French language recordings for Vogue Records. Hatch became one of her regular songwriting partners, in addition to supplying English lyrics for songs she had composed with French lyricists, 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, originally with 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 an international star, topping charts globally early in 1965. The year also yielded the remarkable series of hits I Know a Place, Youd Better Come Home and she and Hatch wrote Youre The One, which became a major hit for The Vogues. Tony Hatch and Petula Clark became established as the British equivalent of Burt Bacharach, in 1965 Hatchs first album under his own name was released. The Downtown Sound of Tony Hatch, features instrumental versions of some of his best known songs, the song Call Me, written for and recorded by Petula Clark in 1965, was recorded by Chris Montez later in the year. Petula Clarks run of hits continued with My Love, A Sign of the Times, colour My World, and I Couldnt Live Without Your Love
2. Call Me (Petula Clark song) – Call Me is a song composed by Tony Hatch for Petula Clark which became an easy listening standard via a hit version by Chris Montez. Call Me first appeared as the cut on a Petula Clark EP released in 1965 by Pye in the UK. Call Me and the three tracks on the EP, Heart, Everything in the Garden and Strangers and Lovers were also released on Clarks album I Know a Place. Also in 1965 Chris Montez, who had scored the hit Lets Dance in 1962 and subsequently dropped out of the music business, was invited to resume recording by A&M Records founder Herb Alpert. Montezs version of Call Me was released as a single in the UK on the Pye label in January 1966 but failed to chart, georgia Gibbs recorded Call Me as the title cut for her final album released in 1966. In October 2007, as part of his album Romancing the 60s, instrumental recordings of Call Me are often used as background music in radio and television. In 1973 Bell Telephone utilized the song Call Me as the advertising jingle. Eliane Elias included the song in her 2004 album Dreamer, Lyrics Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
3. Colour My World (Petula Clark song) – Colour My World is a song written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent recorded by Petula Clark in 1966. The album named for this failed UK single, Colour My World was similarly overlooked upon its January 1967 release and this boosted the Colour My World album to a #16 UK chart peak. In addition Colour My World gained a high UK profile by virtue of being used by BBC Television as the song for the July 1967 launch of colour service on BBC2. Billboard magazines original review of the song predicted it would make the top 20 of the Hot 100, chalk up another chart topper in this intriguing Hatch-Trent rhythm number featuring the popular Indian sitar sound and exceptional Clark vocal work. The Two of Each version of Colour My World was issued in January 1970 on a single featuring a version of Here Comes the Sun with neither track charting, UK furniture retailer DFS used the Petula Clark version in a UK television commercial campaign run in 2008. Colour My World is featured - with some additional lyrics - in the stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert which debuted 6 October 2006, the song appears on the 2007 cast recording performed by Daniel Scott, Tony Sheldon, Jeremy Stanford and the Company. Colour My World was used as the title for a BBC Radio 2 documentary on Tony Hatch broadcast in June 2009
4. Crossroads (UK TV series) – Crossroads was a British television soap opera that ran on ITV over two periods – the original 1964 to 1988 run, followed by a short revival from 2001 to 2003. Set in a motel in the Midlands in England, Crossroads became a byword for cheap production values, particularly in the 1970s. Despite this, the series attracted huge audiences during this time. It was created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling and produced by ATV and then by ATVs successor, the series was revived by Carlton Television in 2001, however due to low ratings it was cancelled again in 2003. The original premise of Crossroads was based around two feuding sisters, Kitty Jarvis and Meg Richardson, the Crossroads Motel was located on the outskirts of the small village of Kings Oak, which was on the outskirts of Birmingham. With Charles, Meg had two children, the elder was a girl named Jill followed by Alexander in 1950. Kitty, on the hand, was married to the unemployed Dick and was not wealthy. Dick and Kitty bought a newsagents and tobacconists shop in the town of Heathbury a few years after the show started. Kitty and Dick had a son called Brian, born in 1945, the idea of the sisters feuding was soon dropped. The show had several characters in its early years and they included Meg and Kittys brother, Andy Fraser, who became engaged and later married to motel secretary Ruth Bailey in 1965. Hotel chef Carlos Raphael and his wife Josefina who was a waitress along with Marilyn Gates, kitchen assistant Amy Turtle, later briefly arrested as a suspected Soviet spy, joined the series in 1965 as did postmistress Miss Edith Tatum. Also featured was motel handyman and groundsman Philip Winter, long running character Diane Lawton arrived in 1966. Lovejoy, Mr. Perhaps the most memorable character proved to be the village idiot Benny Hawkins and his fans included British troops serving in the Falklands War in 1982, who nicknamed the Falkland Islanders Bennies after the character. Instructed to stop using the name, the troops came up with Stills for locals - because they were still Bennies, over the years the series dealt with storylines which were controversial for the times. This permanent character development was made to accommodate actor Roger Tonge who had been developing increasing ill health, in the months running up to the characters accident, Tonge had become increasingly immobile and was limited in scenes to sitting, lying in bed or standing rigidly still. Rather than lose the character, the accident storyline allowed the actor to use his wheelchair on screen, the series also saw black characters appearing regularly - a follow-on from the 1960s BBC soap Compact, also created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling. Melanie Harper arrived at the motel in 1970 as Megs foster daughter, cleo was given the role by producer Reg Watson after press coverage of racial tensions in the Birmingham area at that time. In 1978, garage mechanic Joe MacDonald arrived, the year before, an inter-racial summer romance took place between Cockney garage mechanic, Dennis Harper, and motel receptionist Meena Chaudri
5. Don't Sleep in the Subway – Dont Sleep in the Subway is a song written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent and recorded by Petula Clark, for whom it was an April 1967 single release. The song was constructed from three different sections of previously composed by Hatch, it changes in musical style from pop to symphonic and then, for the chorus. In the lyrics the narrator advises her sweetheart against storming out after an argument due to his foolish pride, if he does, he will sleep in the subway or stand in the pouring rain merely to prove his point. Although in Scotland there has existed the Glasgow Subway metro line. Hatch employed the term in the North American sense, according to the songs co-writer Jackie Trent the title lyric was suggested by the 1961-62 Broadway musical Subways Are For Sleeping. Dont Sleep in the Subway reached #3 in Rhodesia, #5 in Canada, #7 in New Zealand, #10 in South Africa and #16 in Germany. In Australia, it was at #1 on the charts dated 16 and 23 September 1967, a Spanish rendering, No duermas en el metro, was recorded by both Gelu and Los Stop. Siw Malmkvist recorded the Swedish rendering Sov Inte På Tunnelbanan in 1970 and it also makes a brief appearance in the Malcolm in the Middle episode Emancipation—Lois blasts the song on her car stereo to avoid confronting Francis about his legal emancipation. The song was performed by Rachel Berry and Artie Abrams in the 2014 Glee episode New New York, list of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1967 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
6. Downtown (Petula Clark song) – Downtown is a song composed by Tony Hatch which, as recorded by Petula Clark in 1964, became an international hit, reaching No.1 in Billboard Hot 100 and No.2 in UK Singles Chart. Hatch received the 1981 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, the song has been covered by many singers, including Dolly Parton and Emma Bunton. Tony Hatch had first worked with Petula Clark when he assisted her regular producer Alan A. Freeman on her 1961 #1 hit Sailor. In 1963 Freeman had asked Hatch to take over as Clarks regular producer, in the autumn of 1964 Hatch had made his first visit to New York City, the purpose being to seek material from music publishers for the artists he was producing. Hatch would recall, I was staying at a hotel on Central Park and I wandered down to Broadway and to Times Square and, naively, forgetting that in New York especially, downtown is a lot further downtown getting on towards Battery Park. I loved the atmosphere there and the came to me very, very quickly. According to Hatch he was standing on the corner of 48th St waiting for the lights to change, looking towards Times Square when the melody first came to me. Hatch said of the meeting, she was not very enthusiastic about, Clark, who first heard Downtown from her kitchen having stepped away to make a pot of tea, told Hatch, Thats the one I want to record – Get that finished. Get a great arrangement and I think we’ll at least have a song we’re proud to record if it isn’t a hit. Downtown was recorded 16 October 1964 at the Pye Studios in Marble Arch, thirty minutes before the session was scheduled, Hatch was still touching up the songs lyrics in the studios washroom. Hatchs assistant Bob Leaper acted as conductor, according to Petula Clark, the session for Downtown consisted of three takes with the second take ultimately chosen as the completed track. Tony Hatch would recall playing the completed Downtown track for Pye Records executives saying, Nobody knew what to make of it, then Pyes general manager called and said Joe Smith – Warner Bros. head of A&R – was in London looking for British material. When Joe heard Pets record, he loved it and scheduled the single for urgent release in the States, when Hatch, surprised by Smiths enthusiasm for releasing Downtown in the US, asked if Smith didnt consider Downtown to be a very English record Smith replied, Its perfect. Its just an observation from outside of America and its just beautiful, in the wake of Smiths interest Downtown was released in the UK in November 1964. Downtown rose to No.2 UK in December 1964, remaining there for three weeks, kept out of the #1 position by the Beatles I Feel Fine, Downtown debuted at #87 on the Hot 100 chart in the Billboard issue dated 19 December 1964. The song became the first #1 hit for the year 1965, Downtown also made Clark the first UK female artist to have a single certified as a Gold record for US sales of one million units. In addition, the original 1964 recording was remixed and released in 1988 as Downtown 88, a Top Ten UK hit, Clark would recall, The first time I heard the 88 remix of Downtown I was in my car. And it turned out to be me, theyd wiped out the orchestra and put on some kind of ticka-ticka-tick thing