He is one of those names. Those names that you’ve read on countless album covers or single labels as arranger, writer or keyboard player. Not surprising as Alan has played from 1960 onwards on approximately 7,000 recording sessions. Following early years as a member of Emile Ford’s Checkmates backing band Alan contributed to many hits, such as :I’ll Close My Eyes and Count To Ten Dusty Springfield, Zabadak Dave Dee & Co., Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan, Here Comes My Baby The Tremeloes, Everlasting Love Love Affair, Reflections of My Life Marmalade, Black Is Black Los Bravos, Bonnie and Clyde Georgie Fame, Sorrow Merseybeats
In 1967 Alan also began recording albums for production libraries, notably KPM. A selection of early recordings all written by Alan, were collected together by Pama Records and released as The Mohawks. This album has seen plenty of action at the clubs ever since its 1968 release.
Alan had another studio make up group in Rumplestiltskin, a version of Blue Mink, produced by Shel Talmy. He has also contributed to a number of film soundtracks and a cult TV series that dramatised Arthur C Clarkes Mysterious Universe. Along the way TV themes have sprung forth such as the ones for Dave Allen At Large and Grange Hill.
Our focus is on the music that swings in the clubs, the hammond organ driven beat sounds such as Beat Boutique and Action Man, and the best chill out apres-ski numbers such as the stand out classic Girl In A Sportscar. This is the only Alan Hawkshaw collection on the market and he remains a high profile name amongst collectors. The original Library albums and commercial releases now highly sought after and these are Club friendly grooves. It is the first time on CD for two-thirds of the collection.