Alan HawkshawIn a long and distinguished career spanning well over forty years, Alan Hawkshaw has always been at the top of his profession as one of the most in-demand studio musicians, owing to his virtuosic and sensitive technique on a variety of keyboard instruments, but most notably on the piano and Hammond organ.
In the very beginning Alan was a member of the rock'n'roll group Emile Ford & The Checkmates who recorded several hits in the 1960's. During this time he toured with The Rolling Stones and socialised with The Beatles. In the 1970's, he joined The Shadows, while at the same time, he enjoyed working as Olivia Newton-John's Musical Director and arranger/pianist for which he was awarded Best Arrangement by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 'I Honestly Love You'.
It then followed that Alan was instrumental in a host of hits and worked with such artists including: Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, The Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Jones, Lulu, David Bowie, Marty Webb, The Marmalade, Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert Finney, Alec Constandinos, Cerrone, Ray Davies (of Button Down Brass fame), Isabel Adjani, Jane Birkin, Englebert Humperdink, Geoff Wayne, Sacha Distel, Donovan, Catherine Deneuve, Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey plus many, many more…
During the golden era of the British session musician, Alan's keyboard artistry featured on a staggering amount of recordings. You may not be familiar with Alan Hawkshaw but he has one of those names that you've read on countless album covers or single labels as arranger, writer or keyboard player and this is not surprising as Alan has played on approximately 7,000 recording sessions!
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