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HISTORY MADE: Legacy of late composer from Radlett lives on

 Published on: 7th December 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A legendary composer who lived in Radlett recently passed away, leading to touching tributes being released across the country.

Alan Hawkshaw BEM passed away on October 16 at the age of 84, leaving a remarkable legacy behind him, having been behind television theme tunes like Grange Hill, Channel 4 News, Countdown, Dave Allen at Large and many more.

He played on 7,000 prominent recording artists’ music sessions, including Olivia Newton-John, Tom Jones, David Bowie and Dusty Springfield, among countless other iconic names.

He was also one of the most sampled musicians in the world – Alan’s catalogue of works proved popular with hip hop producers in particular, with even Jay-Z using his work on 2007 single, Pray. This led Alan to often joke that he was “One of the oldest rap artists in the world”.

He continued to be a prolific composer well into his later years – he was still working on his orchestral Dragonfly Suite as recently as July this year, when he suffered his fourth stroke. Since August, Alan had been recovering in his Radlett home until being admitted to hospital in early October with pneumonia.

His wife, Christaine, said: “It was heart-breaking to say goodbye to Alan, my husband of 53 years and the love of my life. We spent the last few hours gazing at each other with love, holding hands, no need for words.”

His children, Kirsty and Sheldon, added: “We are so grateful to have had such a strong, loyal father, Dad’s legacy and love, and great sense of humour, will continue to shine on.”

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