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Edwin Astley

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Today, he appears like little more when compared to a footnote in rock and roll & roll background, as the later father-in-law of Pete Townshend — but Edwin Astley was among England’s busier film and tv composers through the mid-’50s before early ’70s, and an arranger and conductor before 1990s, and he contributed to years of popular music throughout a 40-season career. Delivered in Cheshire, Britain, he inserted music being a clarinetist and saxophonist, and got a significant section of his trained in armed forces bands. Astley eventually played in a variety of dance orchestras (generally billed as Ted Astley) through the second fifty percent of the 1940s before placing his very own group jointly. By the first ’50s, he previously given up executing and was earning a paycheck as an arranger for tracks aimed toward such well-known performers as Vera Lynn and Anne Shelton. He started composing for film and tv in 1954 — his most broadly heard ratings of the time were most likely his music (excluding the name tune, which he didn’t compose) for The Ventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene, and his overheated brass, horn, blowing wind, and percussion-dominated music for the research fiction film The Large Behemoth (1959), that was a prelude to his actions/adventure television ratings of the 1960s. In 1962, Astley had written the music for the tv screen series The Saint, starring Roger Moore, including perhaps one of the most recognizable and well-known name designs in small-screen background and even produced a soundtrack LP. He also afterwards developed a short-lived but significant trend for the harpsichord in tv and movie ratings with his name music for the hourlong series Risk Man, though once the second option ran in the us as Key Agent, Astley’s music was taken off the show’s starting and shutting credits and only the Johnny Streams song “Key Agent Man” — the harpsichord music, associated with horns and brass, was still noticed within the U.S. on the person show credits leading in to the actions, nevertheless, and it heralded an interval of large soundtrack session work with key pad players, from Baroque professionals to jazz-trained music artists, who were experienced on the device. Astley retired from operating full-time in music through the 1970s, but held his submit at his personal studio and in addition wrote orchestral plans of songs compiled by his son-in-law, Who creator, guitarist, and vocalist Pete Townshend, who experienced married his child Karen. In the mean time, his child, Jon Astley, became mentioned as a vocalist and later like a maker, and his additional child, Virginia Astley, produced a name for herself like a vocalist. Edwin Astley also documented many CDs of orchestral variations of pop strikes from the 1980s and 1990s, using his very own agreements. In the past due ’90s, there is a revival appealing in his previously music, growing from the feature film The Saint (1997) as well as the boom appealing in past due-’50s/early-’60s “bachelor’s den”-genre instrumental recordings.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edwin Astley
Date Of Birth April 12, 1922
Died May 19, 1998, Goring-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Profession Music Arranger, Film Score Composer
Nationality British
Children Virginia Astley, Jon Astley, Karen Astley
Music Songs Danger Man, Theme From "The Saint", Department S: Theme, Randall & Hopkirk : Theme, International Detective, The Saint, Drama on the Move, Mio Amore Sta Lontano, Blue Shadows, Light Affair, Big Sound, Drake and Ducks, The Saint Takes A Ride, Swinging Simon, I Wonder Where the Microdot Went?, Vulgar Olga, Recumbent Love, Ying-Tong-Piddle-Ay-Kilt, Olaf's Dance, Drake In the New World, Whatever Happened to George Foster, Drake's Progress, Mulligatawney, Chaise-Lounge, The Baron, The Baron: Theme, Mainly on the Plain, Staten Island Ferry, Ivanhoe Theme, Mal au cœur, Murder Chase, Concerto in Law
Albums Secret Agent, The Saint, T.V. Action Jazz from the A.B.C.-T.V. Series International Detective, Music from the TV Series "Secret Agent", Music from the TV Series "The Saint", Secret Agent Meets The Saint (Original Music from the TV Shows "Secret Agent" / "Secret Saint"
Movies The Phantom of the Opera, The Mouse That Roared, Devil Girl from Mars, The Giant Behemoth, The Woman Eater, The Naked Prey, Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World, The World Ten Times Over, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, Contraband Spain, Alias John Preston, Fun at St. Fanny's, You Lucky People, What Every Woman Wants, The Gay Dog, To Paris with Love, Naked Fury, The Fiction-Makers, The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn, The Crowded Day, A Matter of WHO, The End of the Line, A Woman of Mystery, Woman Possessed, Moment of Indiscretion, Operation Murder, Passport to China, Bungala Boys, In the Wake of a Stranger, Kill Her Gently, The Happiness of Three Women, A Clean Sweep, One Jump Ahead, Three Crooked Men, Three Sundays to Live, At the Stroke of Nine, Dublin Nightmare, Links of Justice, The Crowning Touch, Danger List, Room in the House, The Man Who Liked Funerals, This Garden, England


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#Fact
1 He was the first composer active in British television, who was grounded in jazz.
2 His theme for "Danger Man" was unique in its use of harpsichord.
3 Composed for sound-and-light performances staged at Hampton Court and at the Giza Pyramids.
4 During the 1950's, did much of his film work for the Danziger Brothers on low budget productions.
5 As a youth, he performed with the Royal Army Service Corps Band, playing clarinet, saxophone and arranging. After World War II, he formed his own dance band, the Ted Astley Orchestra. He later moved to London to work as arranger for music publishers Francis, Day and Hunter.
6 Composed the famous opening fanfare for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955).
7 His original theme-tune for Danger Man (1960) utilised the show's title in the score.
8 Was a keen artists, amateur filmmaker and student of philosophy.
9 Father-in-law of rock-and-roll guitarist/composer Pete Townshend, who married his daughter Karen.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Astley's Way 2001 TV Movie documentary
Smokey Joe's Revenge 1974
Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World 1973
Whoops Baghdad! 1973 TV Series 5 episodes
Kadoyng 1972
Danger Point 1971
All at Sea 1970
Department S 1969-1970 TV Series 21 episodes
My Partner the Ghost 1969-1970 TV Series 16 episodes
Beajamar 1970 Documentary short
The Champions 1968-1969 TV Series 22 episodes
Civilisation 1969 TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
The Saint 1962-1969 TV Series 118 episodes
Vendetta for the Saint 1969
The Fiction-Makers 1968
The Syndicate 1968
Gideon C.I.D. 1964-1967 TV Series 26 episodes
The Baron 1966-1967 TV Series 30 episodes
The Man in a Looking Glass 1965 TV Movie
The Naked Prey 1965 uncredited
Sandy, the Reluctant Nature Girl 1964
Stopover Forever 1964
Pageantry of Britain 1964 Documentary short
The World Ten Times Over 1963
Zero One 1962 TV Series 1 episode
Journey Into Nowhere 1962
The Phantom of the Opera 1962
Follow That Man 1961
Bungala Boys 1961
A Matter of WHO 1961
The Last Rhino 1961
Danger Man 1960-1961 TV Series 25 episodes
Speaking of Freight 1961 Documentary short
Passport to China 1960
Whiplash 1960 TV Series
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1960
Let's Get Married 1960
Ali and the Camel 1960
What a Day 1960 Documentary short
Danger List 1959 Short
Diesel Train Ride 1959 Short
International Detective 1959 TV Series
The Mouse That Roared 1959
In the Wake of a Stranger 1959
The Crowning Touch 1959
Innocent Meeting 1959
The Giant Behemoth 1959
Three Crooked Men 1959
The Man Who Liked Funerals 1959
Ivanhoe 1958-1959 TV Series 39 episodes
Broad Waterways 1959 Documentary short
Playing Together 1959 Documentary short
The Cat Gang 1959
The Pleasure Lovers 1959
Scotland for Sport 1958 Documentary short
Dublin Nightmare 1958
Links of Justice 1958
A Woman Possessed 1958
Moment of Indiscretion 1958
The Veil 1958 TV Movie
A Woman of Mystery 1958
The Woman Eater 1958
A Clean Sweep 1958 Short
Jack the Ripper 1958 TV Movie
The Veil 1958 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Toto and the Poachers 1958
Kill Her Gently 1957
The End of the Line 1957
Zoo Baby 1957
Three Sundays to Live 1957
Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! 1957 TV Series 13 episodes
The Heart Within 1957
The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955-1957 TV Series 75 episodes
At the Stroke of Nine 1957
The Buccaneers 1956-1957 TV Series 12 episodes
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot 1956-1957 TV Series 4 episodes
Operation Murder 1957
The Adventures of the Big Man 1956 TV Series 14 episodes
Colonel March of Scotland Yard 1954-1956 TV Series 12 episodes
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1956 TV Series 1 episode
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn 1956 Short
Count of Twelve 1955
Final Column 1955
Three Cornered Fate 1955
Triple Blackmail 1955
You Lucky People 1955
Fun at St Fanny's 1955
Alias John Preston 1955
The Vise 1954-1955 TV Series 20 episodes
The Hornet's Nest 1955
Contraband Spain 1955 uncredited
One Jump Ahead 1955 uncredited
To Paris with Love 1955
Tale of Three Women 1954
Wishing Well 1954
Shop Spoiled 1954
What Every Woman Wants 1954
The Gay Dog 1954
Devil Girl from Mars 1954
Star of My Night 1954
Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder 1953

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Contraband Spain 1955 musical director
One Jump Ahead 1955 music advisor
To Paris with Love 1955 musical director - uncredited
Devil Girl from Mars 1954 conductor
Double Exposure 1954 composer: stock music - uncredited
Kadoyng 1972 conductor
Danger Point 1971 conductor
My Partner the Ghost 1969-1970 TV Series musical director - 24 episodes
Department S 1969-1970 TV Series musical director - 22 episodes
The Champions 1968-1969 TV Series musical director - 27 episodes
Civilisation 1969 TV Mini-Series documentary conductor - 1 episode
The Saint 1969 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
Vendetta for the Saint 1969 conductor
Koroshi 1968 TV Movie director of music
Secret Agent 1964-1967 TV Series director of music - 47 episodes
The Baron 1966 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The World Ten Times Over 1963 musical director
Song of London 1963 Documentary short musical director
The Phantom of the Opera 1962 conductor - uncredited
Whiplash TV Series musical director - 21 episodes, 1961 music supervisor - 9 episodes, 1961
A Matter of WHO 1961 conductor
Danger Man 1960-1961 TV Series musical director - 39 episodes
Supercar 1961 TV Series composer: additional music
Speaking of Freight 1961 Documentary short conductor
The Devil's Hands 1961 Short music director
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1960 conductor
Blitz on Britain 1960 Documentary composer: title music - uncredited
The Mouse That Roared 1959 conductor
A Song for Prince Charlie 1959 Short musical director
Great Van Robbery 1959 composer: additional music - uncredited
The Cat Gang 1959 conductor
The Pleasure Lovers 1959 conductor
The Woman Eater 1958 conductor
A Clean Sweep 1958 Short musical director
The End of the Line 1957 conductor
The Heart Within 1957 musical director
Stars in Your Eyes 1956 musical director
Tonight at Nine 1956 TV Movie musical arrangements - as Ted Astley
The Jimmy Wheeler Show 1956 TV Series musical arranger - 5 episodes
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1956 TV Series musical director - 5 episodes
I Know What I Like 1956 TV Series musical arrangements - 1 episode
Colonel March of Scotland Yard TV Series music director - 1 episode, 1956 musical director - 1 episode, 1956
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn 1956 Short conductor
You've Never Seen This! 1955 TV Short musical director
The Vise 1955 TV Series musical director - 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Minions 2015 writer: "The Saint"
The Savage Eye 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Secret Life of Uri Geller 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Theme from The Saint" - uncredited
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Saint 1997 "The Saint"
Secret Agent 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Phantom of the Opera 1962 "Joan of Arc"
The Green Helmet 1961 music: "Sebring March" - uncredited
Beware of Children 1960 music: "Rock and Roll" - uncredited
The Desperate Men 1958 music: "Rockin', Lovin' Baby"
Stars in Your Eyes 1956 writer: "I Saw The Look In Your Eyes", "Without You"
Handcuffs, London 1955 writer: "Love Me"
To Paris with Love 1955 arranger: "The Campbells Are Coming" - uncredited

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#Trademark
1 Very keen on using ascending/descending minor chords in his scores


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