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Castle, David (28th November 1952-Present)

He is a pianist, singer-songwriter and composer born in Overton, Texas, as the youngest child in a family where his father was a minister and his mother was a schoolteacher.  He grew up around music from his earliest years and started to play the piano when he was just three years old.

When he was 21 he relocated to Hollywood as a professional musician and songwriter and touring with the popular group The Monkees.  He became a staff songwriter at United Artists during the 1970s and before long his songs were being recorded by artists such as The Lettermen, Marilyn McCoo, and Bobby Vinton and he received a gold record for his song “Ten to Eight” which was recorded by Helen Reddy.

In 1977 he ventured into recording as a solo artist and released his debut album Castle In the Sky and just a year later he wrote “Istanbul Blues” for the Academy Award nominated soundtrack of Midnight Express.  Going back to the studio to work on his own recordings in 1979 he released his second solo album Love You Forever.

During the 1980s he started to branch out and set up a recording studio and began orchestrating and composing for film and TV.  This has resulted in his work being heard on shows that include episodes of E! Entertainment Channel, The Jenny Jones Show, Opening Night at Rodney’s Place, Rich Man, Poor Man, the Star Trek episode called “The City on The Edge Forever” and many more.

In 1994 he released his third album Voice in the Wind which appeared on the New Age charts and later was recognised for his arrangement and recording of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” which was written for the MCI “New World” spot.

During the course of his career he has also made a live appearance on the British pop show Top of the Pops, was the music supervisor on the Whoopi Goldberg Show, was the music director on the video of “Cant’s Cry Anymore” by Kansas and has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recognised for his work in commercials alongside his other music he has been the recipient of The Buccaneer Award, a Clio Award, the Lulu Award of Excellence and The New York International Film Festival Bronze Award.

In the new millennium he released a further solo album entitled Music for Your Soul and his song “For All That I Am (Choirs of Angels)” was recorded by Tina Meeks for her The Joy of Living.  He released the single “I See the Clouds Go By” in 2012 dedicated to the singer Davy Jones.

Giorgio Moroder recordings
Chase (Giorgio Moroder)
Casablanca CAN 144 A (UK 45)
Love’s Theme (Giorgio Moroder)
Casablanca CAN 144 B(UK 45)

Here’s “Ten to Eight” from his album, Castle in the Sky