Alan Hawkshaw

Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases

We open with tributes to three artists that passed in the past few days, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse and Franco Cerri, before delving into new releases ranging from the straight-ahead hard-hitting energy of Pete Rodriguez to the sound (and silence) explorations of Ayumi Tanaka and her Trio. Happy listening!. Playlist.

The ubiquitous Alan Hawkshaw was the best-known British composer you’d never heard of

Alan Hawkshaw’s late-life status as a funky hero to American hip-hop producers came as something of a surprise to him. “I remember getting an email asking for clearance for a piece,” he told me a few years ago. “And I rang my daughter asking who ‘Jay Zed’ was.” Jay-Z was not alone: lists 205 tracks that sample Hawkshaw’s music, right back to the dawn of hip-hop, when the Sugarhill Gang used part of Here Comes That Sound Again, a track by his project Love De-Luxe, in the intro of Rapper’s Delight in 1979.

Tributes pour in for beloved composer Alan Hawkshaw of ‘Countdown’ TV theme

The music world is remembering a legend of TV music, who donated all his royalties from ‘Countdown’ to pay underprivileged music students’ fees. Tributes have been posted across social media for the British composer Alan Hawkshaw who has sadly passed away at the age of 84. Born William Alan Hawkshaw,...

Alan Hawkshaw, Music Legend, Dead at 84

Acclaimed composer Alan Hawkshaw passed away this weekend at the age of 84. Hawkshaw was best known for writing and recording many of the most iconic theme songs in the TV and movie industries. His agent told reporters from the BBC that he died in the early hours of Saturday morning due to complications with pneumonia.

Alan Hawkshaw, Countdown and Grange Hill composer, dies aged 84

Alan Hawkshaw, the musician and songwriter who composed some of the UK’s best-known TV themes and was sampled across the hip-hop scene, has died aged 84. He was admitted to hospital with pneumonia last week, and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw wrote the loping, almost reggae-like theme to Grange Hill...