VETERAN WRITERS HAZZARD & KERR RELEASE NEW ALBUMS
London, February 2016: Two veteran hit songwriters, Tony Hazzard and Richard Kerr, who between them have sold millions of recordings of their classic songs respectively, both have new solo albums being released.
TONY HAZZARD - "THE HALLICOMBE SESSIONS"
Tony Hazzard's album, "The Hallicombe Sessions", comes out on February 29th, almost 50 years to the day after he released his first single, and is marked with a launch gig on at the GreenNote cafe in Camden Town on February 10th. The result of an extraordinary musical collaboration that spans two continents and half a century of song, Tony recorded the album at his home studio in Cornwall with the American songwriter, performer and producer Matt Harding.
During a three year period, from 1966 to 1969, award winning songwriter Hazzard wrote six Top 20 hits in the UK and Europe for the likes of Manfred Mann (Fox On The Run & Ha Ha Said The Clown), The Hollies (Listen To Me), The Tremeloes (Hello World), Lulu (Me The Peaceful Heart), and Herman's Hermits (You Won't Be Leaving). He also had songs recorded by Gene Pitney (Maria Elena), Dave Berry (Love Has Gone Out Of Your Life), Simon Dupree and The Big Sound (The Eagle Flies Tonight), Nana Mouskouri (Mamma), Cliff Richard (The Sound Of The Candyman's Trumpet), Hall & Oates (The Princess And The Soldier), and The Yardbirds (Fade Away Maureen & Ha Ha Said The Clown), culminating in 1974 with another Top 20 hit for Andy Williams (I Think I'm Over Getting Over You). He also sang on three of Elton John's albums, while his own singer'songwriter albums "Loudwater House" and "Was That Alright Then" are now cult collectors items.
Tony's gigs have an intimate, club-like atmosphere. Playing solo, Tony brings acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele, interspersing recent songs and hits from his extraordinary back catalogue with a series of winning anecdotes harvested from half a century at the top of the music industry. A sample track "Another Day For Me" can be heard at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYg2oUuEZSs, while tickets for the launch gig can be purchased from www.greennote.co.uk, tel: 020 7485 9899.
RICHARD KERR - "LATE BUT IN EARNEST"
Richard Kerr is not exactly a household name, but yet most homes will have his music in them. The list of people who have recorded his music in the past 50 years reads like a 'Who's Who' of popular music: Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Kim Carnes, Frankie Valli, Michael Ball, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, The Righteous Brothers, John Denver and Kenny Rogers to name just a few.
More recently, he enjoyed a No. 1 record in the UK when, under the direction of Simon Cowell, Westlife recorded 'Mandy' written with long-time collaborator Scott English. This coupled with other major hit songs like 'Somewhere In The Night', 'Looks Like We Made It', 'I'll Never Love This Way Again', Shine On' and 'No Night So Long' have garnered 2 further Grammy nominations, 14 BMI special awards and more than 13 million airplays, plus 40 million records sold in the USA alone. As a solo artist he has recorded four albums and written title songs for film and television, in the main with Academy Award-winning lyricist Will Jennings.
In the past year he has once again given his life over to the recording process after being introduced to Kipper Eldridge (most noted for his work with Sting on 'Brand New Day' and 'Sacred Love') and the result is a stunning collection of new songs along with a couple of old favourites performed exclusively by Richard and titled 'Late but in Earnest' which is the Kerr clan motto.
A new creative collaboration with Pete Bellotte (famed for his work with Donna Summer) has yielded two stunning new songs, 'Riding The Moon', where Richard sounds like a man half his years, then there's the beautiful Smile', the breathtaking ballad 'Faces' and a splendid reworking of the multi million selling 'Mandy'. Plus a stunning song written with his old friend Tim Rice called 'One Of My Best Friends'. This is a record for grown ups, people who love good music and wonderfully crafted songs. It may be late but in earnest, to my mind it's perfect timing. (Nick Battle, Starstreet Music).