- Keith Hopwood
Keith Hopwood (born
26 October 1946, Davyhulme, Urmston, Lancashire[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0378406/] ) served as rhythm guitarist/ backing vocalistfor the 1960s pop band, Herman's Hermits. Hopwood also served as a keyboardistand backing guitaristfor the post Peter Nooneoutfit, Sour Mash, which recorded an unreleased album, " A Whale of a Tale" for RCA.
Urmston Grammar School. [cite web |url= http://www.hermanshermits.com/keith.html |author= |title=Keith Hopwood |publisher= |accessdate=2007-08-15]
musicianand composer, he continues to live and work in the music industryin the UK. Several rare demo recordings from his time in Herman's Hermits are available through his website. Peter Noone credits his old friend with coming up with the idea of recording " Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" as an after thought, when Herman's Hermits were short of material for their first album. Noone's heavily accented delivery, together with Hopwood's muted rhythm guitar work, propelled the track to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100chart. Contrary to many erroneous reports, the song was not an old music hallnumber, and the Hermits did in fact play on the track as well as on many other Herman's Hermits records including all of the band's number one U.S. and U.K. hits.(see various Peter Noone and Hopwood interviews). Ralph McTellrecorded the theme tuneto Cosgrove Hall's adaptation of " Wind in the Willows" written by Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe, and this was released as a single in 1984, after the series was aired on ITV.
In 1968, Keith Hopwood and
Derek Leckenbyfounded Pluto Music, a company that composes musical scores for commercials, films, and animation. Leckenby died in 1994, but Hopwood continues operating the company. Pluto Studios has been very successful providing services to many top acts, including The Clash. Hopwood has proved himself a fine soundtrack composer, working mostly on animated television series in the UK. Always a composer, he wrote and co-wrote numerous songs recorded by Herman's Hermits, and other bands such as Brinsley Schwarz. Hopwood also promoted the singer-songwriter, Helen Watson.
* [http://www.plutomusic.com/ Pluto Music official website]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0378406/ Keith Hopwood mini-bio] at the IMDb
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