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|Birth name||Rod Melvin|
|Born||Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, composer, singer|
|Associated acts||The Moodies, Kilburn and the High Roads, Holy Holy|
Rod Melvin is a London-based pianist and singer, appearing regularly at residencies such as the Groucho Club and previously Le Pont de la Tour.
After touring with The Moodies and appearing in two films in Germany, Rod joined Kilburn and the High Roads, the band of Ian Dury. The band recorded two singles and an album Handsome which included two compositions by Rod in collaboration with Dury. After the band's demise, Ian and Rod continued writing and this work produced "England's Glory" recorded by Max Wall and "What a Waste", later recorded by Ian and The Blockheads which became Ian's first Top Ten hit.
As well as playing on Brian Eno's albums Another Green World, Music For Films and Nerve Net, Melvin has worked with performers such as Lindsay Kemp, Evelyn Kunneke, and Immodesty Blaize and has continued his work as a live pianist and singer in many different venues.
More recent work has included live accompaniment of incidental music for several productions at the National Theater and collaboration with film director Peter Richardson on several films such as Stella Street (2004), Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) and TV commercials, some of his music was also used in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010).
Work in film
- Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki (Documentary)(2009)
- The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
- - Sex Actually (2005)
- - War (1983)
- Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "What a Waste") (2013)
- Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (writer: "What a Waste") (2010)
- Churchill: The Hollywood Years (performer: "For All We Know") (2004)
- Top of the Pops (TV Series), episode dated 25 May 1978 (writer: "What a Waste") (1978)
- Alexei Sayle's Stuff - Whistling Calculus for Tax Purposes (TV Series)(1989)