Tony Hatch

Tony Hatch

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Tony Hatch

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Tony Hatch (born 30 June 1939) is an English composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger, and producer.

Early life and early career

He was born Anthony Peter Hatch in Pinner, North London. 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 ten. Instead of continuing at the Royal Academy of Music, he left school in 1955 and found a job with Robert Mellin Music in London's Tin Pan Alley.

Before long, 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 the once and future Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe. While he served his National Service, he managed to become involved with the band of the Coldstream Guards. On his return in 1959, Hatch began his own recording career with a cover version of Russ Conway's piano instrumental "Side Saddle". In 1960, Garry Mills' (trumpeter Nat Gonella's nephew) recording of Hatch's composition Look For A Star, featured in the hit 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...
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