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He got his start in the 1950s as the pianist and arranger for the Len Turner Band based in London.
Tew is known as a composer of library music, including the theme tunes for British television programmes, Doctor in the House called "Bond Street Parade", and ...And Mother Makes Three. He also composed all the music for the 1975 series, The Hanged Man, some of which was used as incidental music for The Two Ronnies, The Sweeney, the 2009 Blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, and would eventually become the primary music (theme, bumpers) for both iterations of the American television series, The People's Court. That same track, entitled "The Big One", was used in an episode of the British detective show Van der Valk, plus these films: Barbara Broadcast (1977) & Malibu High (1979).
Tew also led his own orchestra, The Alan Tew Orchestra, and collaborated with Cat Stevens.
During his career, Tew made a number of orchestral albums with the CBS label such as Tew's album The Magnificent Westerns (1969).
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