|Birth name||Anthony Hazzard|
31 October 1943 |
Anthony "Tony" Hazzard (born 31 October 1943, Liverpool, England) is an English singer and songwriter. He has written songs for The Hollies ("Listen to Me"), Manfred Mann ("Ha! Ha! Said The Clown" and "Fox on the Run"), "Me, The Peaceful Heart" for Lulu, The Yardbirds ("Goodnight Sweet Josephine"), Herman's Hermits ("You Won't Be Leaving"), Peter Noone ("(I Think I'm Over) Getting Over You"), The Tremeloes ("Hello World"), Gene Pitney ("Maria Elena"), Richard Barnes ("Take to the Mountains"), and Andy Williams amongst others.
Hazzard picked up the guitar and ukulele at a young age, but managed to miss out on the Merseybeat skiffle scene that engulfed the region in the early 1960s, focusing instead on his education at Durham University. Through a mutual friend he was introduced to BBC story editor Tony Garnett. Garnett persuaded Hazzard to move to London to pursue his songwriting ambitions. He signed with music publisher and Manfred Mann manager Gerry Bron, who put him on a retainer.
In addition, his "The Sound of the Candyman's Trumpet" was recorded by Cliff Richard and entered into the 1968 Songs for Europe preamble for the Eurovision Song Contest. Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, The Casuals, The Family Dogg, and The Swinging Blue Jeans all turned to Hazzard's pop tunes in the late 1960s. In the midst of all this success as a writer, Hazzard released his first solo album, Tony Hazzard Sings Tony Hazzard, released in 1969. While commercially unsuccessful, his second album, Loudwater House, helped establish him as a potential soft rock star. Many of the musicians who played on the record (Chris Spedding, Mike Batt, and B. J. Cole) were touring with Elton John at the time, and Hazzard thus did backing vocals on John's Tumbleweed Connection and Honky Château.
His third album, Was That Alright Then (1973), again failed to sell in sufficient quantity. In 2005, both Loudwater House and Was That Alright Then, along with some rarities and unissued outtakes, were remastered and compiled on the two-disc Go North: The Bronze Anthology. In 2011, he released a CD of new work, entitled Songs From The Lynher. Hazzard continues to write music at his home in Cornwall.
- "Details for You Won't be Leaving, Hermans Hermits". The Sheetmusic Warehouse. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Hollies, The - Listen To Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Manfred Mann - Ha! Ha! Said The Clown (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Manfred Mann - Fox On The Run (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Lulu - Me, The Peaceful Heart (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Yardbirds, The - Goodnight Sweet Josephine (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Herman's Hermits - You Won't Be Leaving (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Go North: The Bronze Anthology - Tony Hazzard : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Hello World - The Tremeloes : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Gene Pitney - Maria Elena (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Richard Barnes - Take To The Mountains (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- Christopher, James. "Tony Hazzard - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
- "Tony Hazzard - The Sound Of The Candyman's Trumpet (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
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- Tony Hazzard @ Myspace
- Discogs.com discography
- Interview with Tony Hazzard at The Strange Brew Podcast