Biography

Tony Hazzard graduated from university in the sixties and, by a quirk of fate, went straight into the music business.

 

1960s...

He began as a solo singer featuring in classic sixties television shows such as Ready Steady Go and Thank Your Lucky Stars, but it soon became clear that his forte was songwriting and, during a three year period, from 1966 to 1969, he wrote six top twenty hits in the UK and Europe for the likes of Manfred Mann (Fox On The Run & Ha Ha Said The Clown), The Hollies (Listen To Me), The Tremeloes (Hello World), Lulu (Me The Peaceful Heart), and Herman's Hermits (You Won't Be Leaving).

 

He also had songs recorded by Gene Pitney (Maria Elena), Dave Berry (Love Has Gone Out Of Your Life), Simon Dupree and The Big Sound (The Eagle Flies Tonight), Nana Mouskouri (Mamma), Cliff Richard (The Sound Of The Candyman's Trumpet), Daryl Hall (The Princess And The Soldier), and The Yardbirds (Fade Away Maureen & Ha Ha Said The Clown), culminating in 1974 with another Top Twenty hit for Andy Williams (I Think I'm Over Getting Over You).

 

During this time he also wrote and produced television jingles, and wrote theme tunes for BBC and ITV series. One jingle won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

In addition, he wrote the scores for two movies, ‘Skid’, a short about autocross racing, and ‘Daddy Darling’, directed by the (now) cult director, Joe Sarno, featuring a Danish cast.

 

In 1969 he recorded his first album, mainly a collection of the demos of the hits, entitled “Tony Hazzard sings Tony Hazzard”. A version on CD was released in 2007 by Cherry Red Records.

 

1970s...

1971 saw the release of his second album “Loudwater House” followed in 1973 by “Was That Alright, Then?” A double CD of these albums was released on the Sanctuary label in 2005, under the title “Go North – The Bronze Anthology”.

 

During the early seventies he toured extensively with his band, featuring musicians who had played on the albums. He also sidelined as a session singer and guitarist working with the likes of James Last, Long John Baldry, and Elton John, featuring on three of the latter's albums (Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection & Honky Chateau) and appearing on stage with him at his first Royal Festival Hall concert.

 

In 1976 he recorded an album, “Hazzard & Barnes” with an old friend, Richard Barnes, who had previously sung harmonies on all the demos of the hits.

 

In 1974 he moved to Cornwall and contemplated leaving the music business, but a visit to Nashville and Los Angeles in the late seventies sparked another creative period during which he wrote many songs which have never been published.

 

In 1977 he won a Citation Of Achievement from BMI, one of the American equivalents of The Performing Right Society in the UK, for one of his sixties hits, Fox On The Run, which, in the intervening years, had traversed the Atlantic and become a bluegrass standard. It has since been recorded by the majority of bluegrass and country artistes, including Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe, The Country Gentlemen, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Flatt & Scruggs, Doc Watson, Bare Naked Ladies, and The Zac Brown Band.

 

1980s onwards...

In 2006 Tony Hazzard went into a pub and the landlord said: "Why the long gap?"

 

Replied Tony: "In 1981 I took a twenty-five year sabbatical from songwriting, during which time I retrained, managed a drug and alcohol rehab, wrote articles and short stories, acted, sang in two choirs and an acapella group, and allowed my field of songwriting to lie fallow, regrow itself, and mature."

 

He then recorded his fifth album, ‘Songs From The Lynher’, his first for thirty-five years, released in 2011, followed by ‘The Hallicombe Sessions’ in Feb 2016, which in turn was followed by a six-track EP for download only, ‘Old Wave - The Lost Round House Tapes’ in Nov 2016.

 

You can find out more about these recordings as well as his other work on the discography page. For information on buying Tony's music please click here.

 

 

One of Tony's more unusual guitars.