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John Keating - Percussive Moods [London Phase 4 SP 44005] (1961)

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Johnny Keating's Kombo


Percussive Moods

Released: 1961
Label: London Phase 4
Catalog: SP 44005
Genre: Big Band / Jazz / Easy Listening
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Colonel Bogey
02 In The Still Of The Night
03 Mountain Greenery
04 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
05 Headin' North
06 The Donkey Serenade
07 The Trolley Song
08 Delilah
09 Bali Ha'i
10 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
11 It Had To Be You
12 Adios
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John Keating's Biography

After studying piano and trombone, he taught himself how to arrange and compose in his teens. He went to work with British big band leader Ted Heath in 1952 as a trombone player, but within two years Heath asked him to become his primary arranger. In the early 1960s, he and songwriter Johnny Worth (writing as Les Vandyke) masterminded the career of a minor British pop star, Eden Kane. The team wrote and produced a string of British top 10 hits for Kane in 1961-63. In addition he wrote, produced or arranged hits by Adam Faith, Petula Clark, Anthony Newley, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others.

Keating arranged and conducted a series of albums for London Records' Phase 4 series, notable for its use of synthesiser technology such as the Moog synthesizer and the EMS VCS 3. The records were often used as demonstration discs in the 1970s in Hi-Fi stores because of their quality. Much of his work was rereleased following the Lounge music revival of the mid 1990s and its use as breakbeats.

His song "Bunny Hop" is featured in the 1994 Tim Burton film, Ed Wood.

His "Theme from Z-Cars", a No. 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart, was adopted by Everton as their theme song.

As founder and principal of the Johnny Keating School of Music, Edinburgh, he has been directly responsible for the musical education of many students who later became successful professionals.

In 1999, he completed a four-volume academic reference book dedicated to the art of professional songwriting: Principles of Songwriting: A Study in Structure and Technique.

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