Sunday, March 8, 2015

Stick with a winner

The BBC has selected a song written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1974 Mindel co-wrote "Someday" with Gary Benson, one of six songs performed by Olivia Newton-John on the Jimmy Savile Clunk Click show, to select that year's Song for Europe. It came sixth.

Clunk Click was produced by Roger Ordish. In 1975, Jim'll Fix It started, with a theme tune co-written by Ordish and David Mindel.

In 1975, Mindel and Benson wrote "Don't Throw It All Away", one of six songs performed by the Shadows on "It's Lulu", to select that year's Song for Europe. This time, Mindel's effort came fourth. It was later recorded as an album track by Barry Manilow, The Delfonics, and reggae-style, by Barrington Levy.

Also in 1975, Mindel co-wrote Hair of the Dog with Mud's drummer Dave Mount. It appeared on the album Use Your Imagination, which rose to 33 in the British charts.

In 1982, David got two songs in the Song for Europe show - Everyday of My Life, co-written with Patrick Burston, performed by Good Looks (featuring a brother and sister of Clodagh Rogers) - and Every Step of The Way, performed by the Touring Company. The panel of regional juries placed them joint second, to Bardo's "One Step Further".

In 1983, our David wrote Never Gonna Give You Up, recorded by Musical Youth, who, joyously, put another version of Jim'll Fix It on the B-side.

Mindel claims to have written music for over 4,000 tv and radio commercials over the years, from products ranging from Carnation Milk, through Crown Paint, Maxwell House to the News of The World. Other tv themes including Challenge Anneka, District Nurse, the National Lottery and Coogan's Run. He spends most of his time in France.

This may be where he met his collaborator on this year's song, Adrian Bax White. Adrian, a multi-instrumentalist, claims to have worked with Rolf Harris, East 17 and the Black Dyke Mills Brass Band, and joined The Tony Evans Band when resident at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club.

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