Alan Hawkshaw
Alan Hawkshaw
In a long and distinguished career spanning well over forty years, Alan (* 1937) has always been at the top of his profession as one of the most in-demand studio musicians, owing to his virtuosic and sensitive technique on a variety of keyboard instruments, but most notably on the piano and Hammond organ.
In the very beginning Alan was a member of the rock'n'roll group Emile Ford & The Checkmates who recorded several hits in the 1960's. During this time he toured with The Rolling Stones and socialised with The Beatles. In the 1970's, he joined The Shadows, while at the same time, he enjoyed working as Olivia Newton-John's Musical Director and arranger/pianist for which he was awarded Best Arrangement by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 'I Honestly Love You'.
It then followed that Alan was instrumental in a host of hits and worked with such artists including: Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, The Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Jones, Lulu, David Bowie, Marty Webb, The Marmalade, Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert Finney, Alec Constandinos, Cerrone, Ray Davies (of Button Down Brass fame), Isabel Adjani, Jane Birkin, Englebert Humperdink, Geoff Wayne, Sacha Distel, Donovan, Catherine Deneuve, Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey plus many, many more…
During the golden era of the British session musician, Alan's keyboard artistry featured on a staggering amount of recordings. You May not be familiar with Alan Hawkshaw but he has one of those names that you've read on countless album covers or single labels as arranger, writer or keyboard player and this is not surprising as Alan has played on approximately 7,000 recording sessions!

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Soul Organ Showcase
KPM 1027
released 1968
Alan Hawkshaw, Hammond organ
David Gold, drums
Keith Mansfield, sax, flute
no further details known
The Big Beat
KPM 1044
released 1969
Alan Hawkshaw, Hammond organ
Keith Mansfield, sax, flute
no further details known
Alan Hawkshaw Plays The Philicorda
Philips 6414 310
released 1972
Alan Hawkshaw, Philicorda organ
Chris Spedding, guitar
Danny Richmond, bass
Brian Bennett, drums
Tony Carr, percussion
Jim Lawless, percussion
Move With The Times
KPM 1122
released 1973
Alan Hawkshaw, organ
David Gold, drums
no further details known
Drama Montage Vol. 1 & 2
Vocalion 2CDSML 8511
recorded 1978 in London/Great Britain
originally released 1978/79 as Drama Montage and Drama Montage Volume Two
Brian Bennett, drums
Alan Hawkshaw, organ
no further details known

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