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|Birth name||Rod Melvin|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, composer, singer|
|Associated acts||The Moodies, Kilburn and the High Roads, Holy Holy|
Rod Melvin is an English, 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, Melvin 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 Melvin in collaboration with Dury. After the band's demise, Dury and Melvin 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 Dury'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 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 Theatre and collaboration with film director Peter Richardson on several films including 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)
- Chemical Wedding (musician: additional keyboards) (2008)
- The Comic Strip (TV short) (musician) (1981)
- Alexei Sayle's Stuff – Whistling Calculus for Tax Purposes (TV Series) (1989)
- "Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK". Moredarkthanshark.org. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
- "Rod Melvin". IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
- "Holy Holy — A SUPERGROUP PERFORMING THE SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE FROM 1969/73". Holyholy.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2021.