Peter Callander

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Peter Callander
Birth name Peter Robin Callander
Born (1939-10-10)10 October 1939
Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Died 25 February 2014(2014-02-25) (aged 74)
Genres Pop music
Occupations Songwriter, record producer
Years active 1960s-2014
Website Official website

Peter Callander (10 October 1939 – 25 February 2014) was an English songwriter and record producer.[1] Active from the 1960s onwards, Callander wrote or co-wrote songs that have been performed by recording artists such as Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, and The Tremeloes, amongst many others.[2] Callander was also a founder member of the Society of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS), a director of PRS for Music, and formed a publishing company, Callander Family Music Ltd.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born Peter Robin Callander, in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, he was educated at the City of London School on a scholarship, before following in his father's footsteps and training as a chef. He then moved into music publishing as a song plugger for Bron Music and he became a manager at Shapiro Bernstein Music.[4]

Career[edit]

He often worked in conjunction with Mitch Murray who he met in 1966, with Murray writing the music and Callander the lyrics. The two also teamed together to produce recording artists such as Paper Lace, Tony Christie, and The Brothers.

Their joint compositions included "Even the Bad Times are Good" (The Tremeloes),[5] "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" (Georgie Fame),[6] "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" (Cliff Richard),[7] "Ragamuffin Man" (Manfred Mann),[8] "Hitchin' a Ride" (Vanity Fare),[9] "Turn On The Sun" (Nana Mouskouri)[10] plus "Avenues and Alleyways", "Las Vegas", and "I Did What I Did for Maria" for Tony Christie.[11]

In 1972, his joint composition with Geoff Stephens of "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast", was recorded by Wayne Newton.[12] It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in July 1972.[13]

Whilst Callander was especially prolific during the 1960s and 1970s, his influence continued throughout his life. In 2005, Tony Christie spent seven weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart with the Murray and Callander produced tune, "Is This the Way to Amarillo".[14] In an interview in The Times in which he described another Murray-Callander penned tune, "Las Vegas", Christie noted that the two "were the star songwriters of the day".[15]

Also in 2005, Swedish pop singer Agnetha Fältskog recorded the tune, "A Fool Am I", which had been a hit in the UK for Cilla Black in 1966,[16] for Fältskog's successful comeback album, My Colouring Book, a collection of covers of classic 1960s pop tunes.[14] Callendar provided the English language lyrics to what had originally been an Italian language song.[17]

He died at the age of 74 on 25 February 2014.[18]

Discography (selected)[edit]

As songwriter[edit]

As producer[edit]

  • "Sing Me" - The Brothers (1977) (with Mitch Murray) - UK No. 8[28]
  • "Beautiful" - The Brothers (1977) (with Mitch Murray)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Robin Callander", ICC Directors (database) (ICC Information Group/LexisNexis Academic), 2007-07-24 
  2. ^ ""Songs"" (website). Peter Callander: Multi Award Winning Songwriter Producer. 2005/2006. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Peter Callander Discography". Discogs.com. 1939-10-10. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  4. ^ Obituary in The Times p56. 7 March 2014
  5. ^ "Even the Bad Times Are Good - Mitch Murray, Peter Callander". Second Hand Songs. 2006-04-05. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  6. ^ a b "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde - Georgie Fame : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha - Cliff Richard : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Ragamuffin Man / Words and music by Mitch Murray & Peter Callander | National Library of Australia". Catalogue.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  9. ^ "Hitchin' a Ride / Words by Peter Callander ; music by Mitch Murray | National Library of Australia". Catalogue.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  10. ^ "20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Nana Mouskouri - Nana Mouskouri : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  11. ^ Ankeny, Jason (1943-04-25). "Tony Christie - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Wayne Newton : Greatest Hits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  13. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 317. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  14. ^ a b ""News"" (website). Peter Callander: Multi Award Winning Songwriter Producer. 2005/2006. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  15. ^ Greenwood, Phoebe (2005-07-30). ""The Story behind the Song"". The Times. p. 34. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  17. ^ a b "A Fool Am I [Dimmelo Parlami] - Cilla Black : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  18. ^ "Peter Callander | M Magazine : PRS for Music Online Magazine". M-magazine.co.uk. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  19. ^ "A Fool Am I - Agnetha Fältskog : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. 2004-05-04. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  20. ^ "Dusty Springfield - Classic". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  21. ^ Ruhlmann, William (1998-04-21). "The Very Best of Dusty Springfield [Mercury] - Dusty Springfield : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  22. ^ Leggett, Steve (2008-06-16). "The Best of P.J. Proby: The EMI Years (1961-1972) - P.J. Proby : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  23. ^ "Details for Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde - featuring Georgie Fame". The Sheetmusic Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  24. ^ Mason, Stewart. "The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  25. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 416. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  26. ^ "Monsieur Dupont - Sandie Shaw : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  27. ^ "Tremeloes, The - Suddenly You Love Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  28. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 80. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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