Lord David Dundas

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Lord David Paul Nicholas Dundas (born 2 June 1945, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England) is an English musician and actor, known for his film and television scoring, having previously had chart success in the rock genre.

Biography[edit]

Dundas is the son of the 3rd Marquess of Zetland, and was educated at Harrow and the Central School of Speech and Drama. His 1976 single "Jeans On" reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] #17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #1 in the German Singles Charts, where the song remained 19 weeks in the Top Ten.[2] The song originally appeared as a television advertising jingle for Brutus Jeans[3] (the words used in the jingle - "I pull my Brutus jeans on" - were replaced with "I pull my old blue jeans on" for the single release). The single was later sampled by Fatboy Slim for his track "Sho Nuff" which was also used in an advertisement in 2006 for SEAT Ibiza. Dundas's follow-up single, "Another Funny Honeymoon" was a medium-sized hit, reaching #29 in the UK.[1] Dundas performed the song live on the BBC Television show, Top of the Pops, in 1977.

On 17 December 1971, Dundas married Corinna Maeve Wolfe Scott, and they had two children:

  • Daisy Star (born 1975)
  • Thomas Harry Django (born 1981)

They divorced in 1995. Dundas then married Taina Bettina Breuckmann on 21 November 1997, and they have one son:

  • Finn Arthur Ebenezer (born 2000)

Album discography[edit]

  • 1977 David Dundas
  • 1978 Vertical Hold

Film and television (as an actor)[edit]

  • 1968 City '68 (TV series) — Tony Lambert
  • 1968 A Man of our Times (TV series) — Roy
  • 1968 Pere Goriot (TV mini-series) — Eugène de Rastignac
  • 1968 Prudence and the Pill — Tony Bates
  • 1968 Boy Meets Girl (TV series) — Mic
  • 1969 Mosquito Squadron — Flight Lieutenant Douglas Shelton, RAF
  • 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV series) — Matthew Fairchild
  • 1971 Paul Temple (TV series) — Joe Brand
  • 1972 Shelley (TV movie) — Thomas Jefferson Hogg
  • 1973 Weir of Hermiston (TV series) — Frank Innes
  • 1975 Churchill's People (TV series) — Prince Edward
  • 1986 When the Wind Blows — credited as an actor

Film and television (as a musician)[edit]

  • 1971 Private Road — co-wrote original score with Michael Feast and George Fenton.
  • 1972 Weir of Hermiston BBC Scotland.
  • 1982 Fourscore — music for the launch of Channel 4, used for over ten years but no longer featured on the channel.
  • 1983 Daybreak — start up music for TV-am in its early years, also used as the theme to the hour-long early morning news programme of the same name (also on TV-am), initially presented by Robert Kee;
  • 1987 Withnail and I, original score;
  • 1989 Get Ready — for the rebranding of ITV by English Markell Pockett (and later used in the idents for Border Television in the mid-1990s, it was also used for Tyne Tees Television's non ITV generic idents from 1991–1992);
  • c. 1993 Television commercials for the Kraft General Foods, Inc. product, "Country Time Lemonade Drink Mix" featured a Dundas composition called "I Keep Your Picture" as background music.
  • 1998 — another ITV rebranding, under the title "Television from the Heart", for FutureBrand English & Pockett.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 172. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Günter Ehnert: Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956 - 1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press 1990, p. 65
  3. ^ Hewitt-McManus, Thomas (July 2006). Withnail & I: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Too Drunk to Ask. Lulu. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-4116-5821-9. Retrieved 24 May 2010.