John Keating was born in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh on September 10th, 1927. John started off as an arranger for the famous Ted Heath swing Band, before he started arranging numerous top ten records for 1960's heart-throbs Adam Faith and Eden Kane John then went to the bright lights of Hollywood.It was there that he wrote the score to the film Hotel, the dance sequence in Ed Wood and music for many other shows, including The Jean Arthur TV Series. Back in the UK he scored for the films Robbery and Innocent Bystanders. He wrote two classical compositions, Overture 100 Pipers and Hebridean Impressions, both of which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Right Hon. Earl Mountbatten, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and were conducted by John.
Hebridean Impressions was subsequently recorded by the same orchestra, and by Bernard Hermann conducting the New Philharmonic Orchestra. John also programmed and produced a synthesized version for EMI, recorded by the Electronic Philharmonic Orchestra. John has written and arranged for many greats Ray Anthony, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jnr, Johnny Hodges, Mel TormŽe, Petula Clark, Percy Faith, Ted Heath, Carmen MacRae, Stan Kenton, Tony Martin, Andre Previn, Shani Wallis and Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn (on the CD I Remember Miles where she won the 1999 Grammy Award for Jazz Singer of the Year). Johns Theme from Z Cars, a top 5 hit was adopted by Everton FC as their theme song 35 years ago and remains so to this day. Other hits have been Theme from the Onedin Line, John Keating Conducts (with the London Symphony Orchestra), Ireland with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Band Percussion (Ted Heath) and the album Space Experience. Because of its special sound techniques Space Experience was ground breaking and won awards In his copious notes for the booklet accompanying his 4th album boxed set Forty Years The Artistry of Tony Bennett (87 titles) the singer says, of John Keatings The Very Thought of You: "This was my all time favourite record to date".
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