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    Raymonde, Ivor (1926-1990)

    Arranger, actor, pianist and songwriter who worked in British television in the ‘50s on fare such as The Benny Hill Show and Hancock’s Half Hour before putting himself on the map by creating a virtual “wall of sound” for Dusty Springfield’s recordings.  He co-penned “I Only Want to Be with You” with Mike Hawker and it became Dusty’s first solo hit.  His everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arrangement and orchestration set the bar for artists and producers to follow. 

     

    Other artists and groups with whom he worked included The Hawaiians, Honeybus, Los Bravos, Alan Price, Anne Shelton, Frankie Vaughan, and The Walker Brothers.  In 1968, an orchestra and chorus bearing his name emblazoned the cover of the LP, It’s Lovely up Here. 

     

    Ivor arranged and produced material for Edward Woodward in the 1970s for the DJM label.  He also continued to work in television, conducting the music for several episodes of Dickens of London. 

     

    His artist base expanded in the twilight of his career, including musicians as diverse as Ian Dury and Julio Iglesias.

     

    Dusty Springfield recordings

    I Only Want to Be with You (Mike Hawker/Ivor Raymonde)

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Raymonde
    2. http://www.answers.com/topic/ivor-raymonde
    3. http://wwwebbrazil-eb-brazil.blogspot.com/2008/06/ivor-raymonde-its-lovely-up-here.html
    4. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1502927/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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