Richard Anthony Hewson

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Richard Anthony Hewson
Birth name Richard Anthony Hewson
Born (1943-11-17) 17 November 1943 (age 70)
Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, England
Genres Jazz-funk, synthpop, electronic
Occupations Record producer, arranger, conductor, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Various
Years active 1966–present
Labels DJM, RCA, various
Associated acts The RAH Band
Website www.therahband.com

Richard Anthony Hewson (born 17 November 1943, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside)[1] is an English producer, arranger, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, who is best recognised for his studio group The RAH Band.

Career[edit]

Hewson began in the late 1960s as an arranger, and has worked with musicians such as The Beatles (Let It Be and "The Long and Winding Road"), The Bee Gees (Melody), James Taylor ("Carolina in My Mind"), Herbie Hancock, Clifford T. Ward, Supertramp, Pilot (Pilot), Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Paul McCartney (Thrillington), Mary Hopkin ("Those Were The Days"), Al Stewart, Chris de Burgh, Fleetwood Mac and Chris Rea.[2] He also arranged strings on several Cliff Richard albums, most notably on I'm Nearly Famous (1976) which was heralded as a renaissance for Richard, along with its hit singles "Miss You Nights" and "Devil Woman". The albums Every Face Tells a Story (1977) and Green Light (1978) then followed.[3]

Apart from his own RAH Band project, he was a producer in the 1980s for Toyah Willcox, Five Star, and Shakin' Stevens. He was conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and co-producer on Cliff Richard's 1983 live album Dressed for the Occasion (including the hit "True Love Ways").[3] In recent years, he has written music for television shows and advertising spots.[2] His song "Pearly" was recorded by The Pearls.

The RAH Band[edit]

Hewson founded The RAH Band – of which he was the sole member and which took its name from his initials – in 1977 – to release an instrumental called "The Crunch". The piece climbed to number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] Hewson played all the musical instruments himself. The arrangement involved the use of no synthesisers, only conventional guitar and keyboards with pedal effects. A number of jazz funk releases followed. The second big hit single for the RAH Band was in 1985, when the soul ballad "Clouds Across the Moon", also reached number 6 in the UK chart.[4] Vocals were provided by his wife Liz.[2]

In July 2007, Hewson released a remixed "Clouds Across the Moon '07", now featuring vocalist Emma Charles.[5]

The RAH band's releases were issued under a variety of record labels, including Good Earth Records, DJM, KR Records, TMT Records and RCA.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Love For Hire" (1976) (as Richard Hewson Orchestra)[6]
  • "The Crunch" (1977) – UK No. 6[7]
  • "Jiggery Pokery" / "Porride" (1977)[8]
  • "Is Anybody There (Vampire Vamp)" (1978)[9]
  • "Electric Fling" (1978)[10]
  • "Tokyo Flyer" (1979)[11]
  • "Falcon" (1980) – UK No. 35[12]
  • "Slide" (1981) – UK No. 50[13]
  • "Downside Up" (1981)[14]
  • "Rock Me Down To Rio" / "Riding on a Fantasy" (1981)[15]
  • "Perfumed Garden" (1982) – UK No. 45[16]
  • "Tears & Rain" / "Hunger 4 Your Jungle Love" (1982)[17]
  • "Sam The Samba Man" (1983)[18]
  • "Messages from the Stars" (1983) – UK No. 42[19]
  • "Questions (What'cha Gonna Do?)" (1983)[20]
  • "Rising Star" / "Winter Love '84" (1984)[10]
  • "Sam The Samba Man '84" / "Dream Street" (1984)
  • "Are You Satisfied? (Funka Nova)" (1984) – UK No. 70[21]
  • "Clouds Across the Moon" (1985) – UK No. 6[22]
  • "Sorry Doesn't Make it Anymore" (1985)[23]
  • "What'll Become of the Children?" (1985)[24]
  • "The Crunch '85" (1985)[25]
  • "Sweet Forbidden" (1986)[26]
  • "Across The Bay" (1987)[27]
  • "Run 4 The Sun" (1987)[28]
  • "A Woman's Life" (1987)[29]
  • "Nice Easy Money" (1988)[30]
  • "Time Keeps Tearing Us Apart" (1988)[31]
  • "Looks Like I'm in Love Again" (1993) (as Key West featuring Erik) – UK No. 46[32]
  • "Living for the Nightlife" (1996)[33]
  • "Clouds Across The Moon (Tiefschwarz Remix) (1999)
  • "The Crunch-Eye in the Sky" (2005)[34]
  • "Clouds Across the Moon '07" (2007)
  • "Living for the Nitelife" (2008, only available as online download) (as The Rah Band featuring Susanna)[35]
  • "Turn My Love Around" (2008)[36]
  • "No Way (To Treat Your Lover)" (2009)[36]
  • "Vapour Trails" (2010)[37][4]

Albums[edit]

  • The Orchestrah (1974)
  • Love Is (Richard Hewson Orchestra) (1976)
  • The Crunch & Beyond (1978)
  • The RAH Band (1981)
  • Going Up (1983)
  • Upper Cuts (1984)
  • Mystery (1985) – UK No. 60
  • Past, Present & Future (1985)
  • Something About The Music (1987)
  • The Best of Rah Band' (1995)
  • RAH Band remixed by Richard Hewson (2004)
  • The Very Best of... (2005)
  • 12 Inch Remixes (2009)[4][38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Richard Hewson". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "RAH Band Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 17 November 1943. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958–1990. London: Blandford. pp. 107–122,131. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 448. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Richard Hewson Orchestra, The – Love For Hire / Islands (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "RAH BAND, THE* – The Crunch (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "RAH Band – Jiggery Pokery (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "RAH Band – Is Anybody There? (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Rah Band – Electric Fling (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rah Band, The* – Tokyo Flyer (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "RAH Band – Falcon (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "RAH Band – Slide (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "RAH Band – Downside Up / Dream On (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "RAH Band – Riding on a Fantasy (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "RAH Band – Perfumed Garden (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rah Band – Tears And Rain / Hunger For Your Jungle Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "RAH Band – Sam The Samba Man (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "RAH Band – Messages From The Stars (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "RAH Band – Questions (What You Gonna Do) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "RAH Band – Are You Satisfied (Funka Nova) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "RAH Band – Clouds Across The Moon (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  23. ^ "RAH Band – Sorry Doesn't Make It Anymore (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "RAH Band – What'll Become of the Children? (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "RAH Band – The Crunch '85 (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "RAH Band – Sweet Forbidden (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "RAH Band – Across The Bay (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "RAH Band – Run 4 The Sun (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "RAH Band – A Woman's Life / Take Some Time (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Rah Band, The* – Nice Easy Money (Intruders in the House) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  31. ^ "RAH Band – Time Keeps Tearing Us Apart (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  32. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 300. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  33. ^ "RAH Band – Living for the Nightlife (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  34. ^ Clouds Across The Moon (Tiefschwarz Remix)
  35. ^ "Rah Band, The* Feat. Susanna – Living for the Nitelife (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  36. ^ a b "Rah Band, The* – Turn My Love Around (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "RAH Band Featuring Susanna – Vapour Trails (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "The Rah Band | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. 17 November 1943. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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