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He got his start as the pianist/arranger for the Len Turner Band based in London, in the 1950s.
He is known as composer of library music, including the theme songs for British TV programmes, Doctor in the House called Bond Street Parade, theme from Mother Makes Three. A track entitled "The Big One", was used in an episode of the British detective show Van der Valk. He also composed all the music for the series, The Hanged Man, some of which has been used as incidental music for The Two Ronnies, The Sweeney, the 2009 blacksploitaion spoof Black Dynamite, and would eventually become the intro music for the American TV series, The People's Court.
He also has led his own orchestra, The Alan Tew Orchestra, and with full orchestra at his disposal, Alan Tew shows a gift for judicious use of instrumentation. The Hanged Man soundtrack is a masterpiece of intelligent exploitation. Although his music is huge, bombastic and very 70s, Tew utilizes everything from the congas to the Moog to maximum dramatic effect.
Alan Tew has collaborated with Cat Stevens.
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