Robert Sharples (2 July 1913 – 8 September 1987) was a British musical conductor, composer and bandleader, whose work encompassed films and well-known British television programmes in the 1960s and 1970s.
Bury, Lancashire, England, Sharples started his musical career in 1934, when he joined the Freddy Platt band at the Carlton Ballroom, Rochdale along with Geoff Love. Sharples played piano, and Love played trombone. In 1963, Sharples conducted the London Festival Orchestra, augmented with military band, in a London Records' Phase 4 Stereo recording of Tschaikovsky's , backed with the same composer's 1812 Overture , showing his skill as a "light classics" conductor. Nutcracker Suite
Among his compositions were the
theme music for the long-running series , Public Eye (both written under the pseudonym Robert Earley), Special Branch , incidental music to The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes , and the theme for the early 1970s Thames series, Follyfoot . Under the pseudonym 'E. Ward' he also composed the theme music for the television series Man At The Top . He is perhaps best known as the musical director on the UK talent show Fraud Squad , with host Opportunity Knocks Hughie Green, who routinely referred to him as "Uncle Bob" Sharples.
He married in 1977, and died in 1987 in
Camden, London, England.
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The Guardian 9 September 1987 p 34
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