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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 tunes for British TV programmes, Doctor in the House called "Bond Street Parade" and the theme for ...And Mother Makes Three. 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 blacksploitation spoof Black Dynamite, and would eventually become the intro music for the American TV series, The People's Court. A track entitled "The Big One", was used in an episode of the British detective show Van der Valk.
He also has led his own orchestra, The Alan Tew Orchestra' and collaborated with Cat Stevens.
He made a number of excellent orchestral albums with highly imaginative arrangements for the CBS label. Unfortunately none of them have been reissued on CD.
In particular the album The Magnificent Westerns (1969) is very highly regarded.
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