is a saxophonist, flautist, piccolo player, singer-songwriter, composer and
producer born in the United States.
a saxophonist he can be heard as a soloist and a session musician on over 150
songs that reached the Top 10 in the charts and his hits include
"1-2-3" by Len Barry, "The Locomotion" by Little Eva,
"Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen" and "Breaking Up is Hard To
Do" by Neil Sedaka, "Sunday Will Never
Be the Same" by Spanky & Our Gang and
"Mandy" by Barry Manilow. Gaining recognition in his field he
was soon asked to appear on countless recordings by artists such as Carole
King, Janis Ian, Neil Diamond, Brooke Benton, Peaches & Herb, Barry
Mann and the Dixie Cups and the film industry beckoned where he would be
the music co-ordinator for Arthur, The Midnight Cowboy, Fame and The
Verdict amongst others.
into writing an producing music he moved into
television where his work on the TV show Wonderama
included the songs "Oh Gee It's Great to be a Kid" and "Kids
Are People Too". His songwriting has also been in collaboration with Barry
Mann where they wrote the song "Blue Bird" recorded by the duo
Brady & Grady, with Arthur Brooks and Jack Keller in "Story of the
Civil War" recorded by Barry Mann and "That's How Much"
recorded by Brian Hyland, with Jack Keller and Gerry Goffin
on "Hits in Heaven", with Tony Orlando
and Jack Keller on "Snakey" and Jack
Keller and Paul Kaufman on "My First and Only Lover" recorded by
Nat King Cole.
content with writing and performing for other people he branched out as a
singer-songwriter in his own right in the 1970s and his first album Confessions
of a Male Chauvinist Pig, released in 1973, was picked up on in Europe,
making the bestseller list. A
further album Down By the Old Stream followed this success in 1974.
began working on other projects n the 1980s and 1990s and would release the
albums Barnyard Stories and Poems and Fun Time For Kids,
write a children's storybook, appear on tour in a Dixieland band with
George Segal and perform on Broadway in The Leader of the Pack. Back in the recording studio after
the turn of the century he has, to date, written and recorded at least 12
songs, and released the album I'm Just a Singer in the Band.
Brady & Grady recordings
Bird (Barry Mann/Artie Kaplan)
Van McCoy recordings
The Shuffle (Van McCoy)
That’s the Joint (Van McCoy)