Alan Tarney ( bear 19 November 1945 ) [ 1 ] is an english songwriter, record producer and bass guitarist. He was born in Northside, Workington, Cumberland, England, but spent his adolescent years in Adelaide, Australia, where he met his songwriting and musical partner Trevor Spencer. He is good known for his association with Cliff Richard and producing “ Take On Me “ by a-ha. [ 2 ]
career [edit ]
musician [edit ]
Tarney was separate of the inflow of british migrants who settled in Adelaide during the acme of the 1960s pop music boom. His beginning major group in Australia was James Taylor Move, a four-piece outfit regarded as one of Australia ‘s first psychedelic rock candy bands ; [ 1 ] the original line-up in 1967 constitute Tarney on bass, his longtime collaborator Trevor Spencer on drums, Kevin Peek on lead guitar and Robert ( R.J. ) Taylor on vocals. Both the James Taylor Move and their rising-star contemporaries the Twilights were formed by assorted members of two earlier Adelaide bands, Johnny Broome and the Handels, and the Hurricanes. [ 3 ]
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James Taylor Move ‘s ( JTM ) early on concerts were in support of the Twilights, who soon moved to Melbourne. JTM built up a solid succeed in Adelaide and in early 1967 they won the South Australian final of the Hoadley ‘s Battle of the Sounds. They headed to Melbourne in July for the national finals, and although they were defeated by the Groop they decided to remain there. Securing a distribute with Festival Records they released their debut single “ And I Hear the Fire Sing ” / “ magic trick Eyes ” in August 1967. The A-side was apparently considered besides radical for local anesthetic radio, but the B-side was picked up, received enough of airplay in the southerly states and became a top 40 hit in Melbourne. In October, Festival released their second and final single, “ Baby Jane ”, backed by the raga -influenced “ calm I Can Go On ”. peek left the ring in May 1968, and was replaced by two newfangled members, John Pugh and organist Lance Dixon. Lead singer Robert Taylor left the following month, and he was replaced by the 18-year-old blues/soul singer Wendy Saddington. This second line-up lasted only a few more months and made no commercial recordings before their separate at the conclusion of 1968. Tarney and Spencer were adjacent reunited with Kevin Peek in the Kevin Peek Trio ( 1968–69 ). They moved back to the UK in 1969, where they recruited an old Adelaide supporter Terry Britten ( ex Twilights ) to join the group, which was then renamed Quartet ( 1969–70 ). quartet recorded one album with Decca Records which remains unreleased, but two singles were issued on Decca : “ Joseph ” / “ Mama Where Did You Fail ” ( F13072, 1970 ) and “ nowadays ” / “ Will My Lady Come ” ( F12974, 1970 ). After the death of Quartet, the four members became session musicians and songwriters, recording and writing for many top UK acts including Cliff Richard, Ray Martin Hoskins, GTO Records/the Springfield Revival and Olivia Newton-John. Around this time Tarney besides joined the Shadows and was a member from 1973 to 1977. [ 4 ] In 1975 he was one half of Tarney/Spencer Band along with Trevor Spencer. [ 5 ] They signed a 10-album manage with A & M Records, but met with little success and after three album releases, the group disbanded and discontinued their contract with agreement by the record pronounce. [ 3 ] [ better source needed ]
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In 1979, Tarney began the biggest period of his career when he wrote and arranged the Cliff Richard No. 1, “ We Do n’t Talk Anymore “. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] This led to him becoming Richard ‘s record producer of his future two albums, I’m No Hero ( 1980 ) and Wired for Sound ( 1981 ). At this time he besides wrote and produced Barbara Dickson and Leo Sayer – his distinctive sound being heard on the strike singles “ January February “ and “ More Than I Can Say “. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] Tarney went on to bigger success in the mid-1980s when he teamed up with norwegian pop band A-ha. Producing the second interpretation ( after Tony Mansfield ) of their first single “ Take On Me “ ( 1984 ), the song went on to become a worldwide hit. He worked on the band ‘s biggest sell beginning three albums, being a co-Producer of Hunting High and Low ( 1985 ), and Producer of Scoundrel Days ( 1986 ) and Stay on These Roads ( 1988 ). [ 10 ] He renewed his working kinship with the band in the product of their album exhaust Cast in Steel ( 2015 ). He produced David Cassidy ‘s comeback 1985 album Romance, which included the lead ten-spot hit “ The last Kiss ” co-written by Raymond Hoskins and David Cassidy. [ 11 ] The song had previously been written for Cliff Richard for his 1981 album Wired for Sound. The Richard interpretation however, contained unlike lyrics and was titled Young Love. [ 12 ] [ 13 ] He returned again to write and produce for the Cliff Richard albums Always Guaranteed ( 1987 ) and Stronger ( 1989 ). Alan Tarney wrote two songs for the Sky album Cadmium ( 1983 ) – “ return to Me ” and “ A Girl in Winter ” – at the request of long-time associate, and Sky penis, Kevin Peek.
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Tarney ‘s early production credits include the Hollies, Bow Wow Wow, the Dream Academy, Squeeze, Matthew Sweet, Voice of the Beehive and the Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute album .
personal life sentence [edit ]
Tarney lives in Richmond, London. He has a daughter, Mia, a professional artist painter ; and a son, Oliver, who works in the film diligence. [ 3 ]
Selected discography [edit ]
With the Tarney/Spencer Band [edit ]
- 1974 “Something out of a dream.Musical Rock Show Joe Brown & Introducing Ray Hoskins as Sparrow producer Alan Tarney Brian Eno.Polydor MGM Curb
- 1976 Tarney and Spencer (Bradley’s)
- 1978 Three’s a Crowd (A&M)
- 1979 Run for Your Life (A&M)
- UICY-90680: A&M 60s & 70s Single Box [Japanese Import] – features two tracks by the Tarney/Spencer band. 5-CD box set
compact disk reissues
- 2003 Tarney and Spencer (Castle Communications plc), UK with four bonus tracks
- 1993 Run for Your Life (Polydor), German. 1,500 copies
- 19?? Three’s a Crowd, Canada
- 19?? Run for Your Life, Canada
- 2009 Three’s a Crowd (Tone Arm, Digipak), Sweden with four bonus tracks
- 2009 Run for Your Life (TONE TA 0004, Digipak), Sweden with four bonus tracks
All chart placings refer to UK Singles Chart only unless indicated otherwise.
producer [edit ]
All chart placings refer to UK Singles Chart and UK Albums Chart lone unless indicated differently.
Singles: [ 16 ] [ 17 ]
Studio session musician for: