Mike O'Donnell

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Mike O'Donnell (born 10 March 1952) is an English film and television composer and bass guitarist.

He co-wrote the scores for the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends[1] (between 1984 and 2003) and Tugs, and the score for the films That Summer of White Roses, Merlin: The True Story of Magic and October 32nd with Junior Campbell. Together the two also wrote all of the Thomas songs between 1984 and 2003.

At some point O'Donnell and Campbell signed to the same publisher. They have also collaborated on writing television jingles, which continued after leaving their bands.

O'Donnell started his career at The Beatles Apple Studios and is married to Barbara Bennett, former secretary of The Beatles.

He also joined a band called Gold with ex-Jonesy members Jamie Kaleth and Richard Thomas and guitarist Martin Lawrence who, despite having no hits, sold a number of singles such as "Stay with Me My Love" and "Paradise".


  1. ^ The Songs Of Sodor. sodor-island.net, 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.