Ronnie Aldrich Born February 15, 1916 Erith, Kent (England) Origin United Kingdom Died September 30, 1993 (age 77) Isle Of Man Occupations pianist, arranger, conductor, composer Instruments piano Labels Decca, London Associated acts The London Festival Orchestra, BBC, The Ladybirds, Benny Hill Ronnie Aldrich, born Ronald Frank Aldrich (15 February 1916, Erith, Kent, England – 30 September 1993, Isle of Man) was a British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and composer. The only son of a store manager, he was three years old when he started playing the piano. He was educated at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and taught violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before World War II, Aldrich went to India to play jazz and first gained fame in the 1940s as leader of The Squadronaires, up until their disbanding in 1964. [1 ]
He was noteworthy for the recording development of playing two
pianos in his recordings (the Decca Phase 4 Stereo series). He recorded for The Decca Record Company Ltd in the 1960s and 1970s, moving to Seaward Ltd (his own company) licensed to EMI in the 1980s. He also regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 2 with his own orchestra as well as with the BBC Radio Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, based in BBC Glasgow. He also recorded special tracks that were released by Reader's Digest. Recently, all the Decca recordings were released in CD format by Vocalion. Many of his sessions for radio stations have been released by Apple iTunes in m4a format.
He was appointed musical director at
Thames Television and thus was widely known as the [2 ] musical director for the television programme . The Benny Hill Show He was married twice and had a daughter from his first marriage. At the time of his death he was married to E. Mary Aldrich, his wife for more than 30 years. He died of [3 ] prostate cancer at age 77 in the Isle Of Man. Discography [edit ]
His work has been released in different formats: LP(vinyl), single(vinyl), cassette, 8-track, open reel (stereo & quadraphonic), CD and recently digital (mp3, m4a).
Decca Discography "Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos" [edit ] Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos, Decca Phase 4 PFS34007 (SP-44007) 1961 Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos, Decca Phase 4 PFS4019 (SP-44018) 1962 The Magnificent Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich, London Phase 4 SP-44029 1963 The Romantic Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich, London Phase 4 SP-44042 1964 Christmas with Ronnie Aldrich, London Phase 4 SP-44051 1964 The Magic Mood of Ronnie Aldrich, Decca Phase 4 PFS4064 (SP-44062) 1965 That Aldrich Feeling, Decca Phase 4 PFS4076 (SP-44070) 1965 All Time Piano Hits, London Phase 4 SP-44081 1966 Where The Sun Is, Decca Phase 4 PFS4106 1966 Two Pianos in Hollywood, Decca Phase 4 PFS4108 (SP-44092) 1967 Two Pianos Today!, Decca Phase 4 PFS4132 (SP-44100) 1967 For Young Lovers, Decca Phase 4 PFS4141 (SP 44108) 1968 This Way "In", Decca Phase 4 PFS4152 (SP-44116) 1968 It's Happening Now, Decca Phase 4 PFS 4159 (SP-44127) 1969 Destination Love, Decca Phase 4 PFS4179 (SP 44135) 1969 Togetherness, Decca Phase 4 DDS 2, 1970 Here Come the Hits!, London Phase 4 SP-44143 1970 (**) Close to You, London H-17156 1970 (**) Love Story, Decca Phase 4 PFS4222 (SP-44162) 1971 Great Themes To Remember, Decca Phase 4 1971 Invitation To Love, Decca Phase 4 PFS4242 (SP-44176) 1972 Come to Where the Love Is, Decca Phase 4 PFS4264 (SP 44190) 1972 The Phase 4 Stereo World of Burt Bacharach, Decca Phase 4 SPA193, 1972 Soft And Wicked, Decca Phase 4 PFS4268 (SP-44195 H-17195) 1973 Top of the World, London Phase 4 SP-44203, 1973 The Way We Were, Decca Phase 4 PFS4300 (SP 44209) 1974 In the Gentle Hours, Decca Phase 4 PFS 4329 (SP-44221), 1975 Love, Decca Phase 4 PFS4361 (SP 44253) 1975 Reflections, Decca Phase 4 PFS4377 (SP-44264) 1976 Webb Country, Decca Phase 4 PFS4397 (SP-44278) 1977 With Love & Understanding, Decca Phase 4 PFS4406 (SP-44286) 1977 (Evergreen USA) Melodies from the Classics, Decca Phase 4 PFS 4424(SP-44300) 1978 Emotions, Decca Phase 4 PFS4436 (SP-44310) 1978
(PFS is the Decca (UK) original catalogue number; SP is the London label (USA) version) (**)
Togetherness (UK double-disc set) was issued as two separate albums in the USA Decca (Polygram) Discography (One Piano) [edit ] Tomorrow's Yesterdays, Decca PFS4436 1979 For The One You Love, Decca SKL5319 1980 Amberjack Discography (One Piano) [edit ] One Fine Day, Amberjack 902, 1981 Imagine, Amberjack 1981 Beautiful Music, Amberjack 1982 Silver Bells/Winter Wonderland, Amberjack Seaward Music recordings licenced to EMI (One Piano) [edit ] Nights Birds, EMI MFP 1982 Sea Dreams, EMI MFP 1984 For All Seasons, EMI MFP 6016 1987 Ronnie Aldrich, his Piano and Orchestra, EMI CC220 1988 (compilation album)
Seaward also issued a vinyl LP,
The Wonderful World of Man, which contained recordings of the sounds of the Isle of Man, where Ronnie Aldrich lived from the 1960s onwards. This record was sold in the island to tourists. Decca Discography "The New Big Band" [edit ] Today - In The Old Fashioned Way, Decca Phase 4 1971 Themes Recorded by Album [edit ] Melody and Percussion for Two Pianos [edit ] Unforgettable - Gordon Secret love - Webster/Fain To each his own - Livingstone/Evans Ruby - Roemheld/Parish April in Portugal - Ferrao/Kennedy My one and only love - Mellin/Wood Autumn leaves - Kosma/Mercer Misty - Garner/Burke Golden earrings - Young Young at heart - Richards/Leigh April love - Webster/Fain The gypsy - Reid Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos [edit ] Liebestraum - Liszt Reverie - Debussy Story of a starry night - Hoffman/Curtis/Livingstone Till the end of time - Kaye/Mossman Story of three loves - Paganini, arr. Rachmaninoff Full moon and empty arms - Kaye/Mossman Stranger in Paradise - Wright/Forrest Clair de lune - Debussy, arr. Aldrich Baubles, bangles and beads - Wright/Forrest Theme from “Good bye again” - Auric/Langdom Tonight we love - Worth, Austin/Martin I’m always chasing rainbows - Carroll /McCarthy The Magnificent Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich [edit ] Ebb tide de Maxwell The very thought of you - Noble I’ll be seeing you - Fain Love letters - Young Long ago and far away - Jerome Kern How deep is the ocean - Berlin Smoke gets in your eyes - Jerome Kern Stella by starlight - Young Among my souvenirs - Nicholls Darn that dream - Van Heusen Evening star - R. Aldrich Where or when - Rodgers The Romantic Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich [edit ] Deep purple - DeRose More than you know - Youmans I’ll never smile again - Lowe Embraceable you - Gershwin Don’t blame me - McHugh/ I have dreamed - Rodgers/Hammerstein September song - Weill/Anderson I’m in the mood for love - McHugh/Fields If I loved you - Rodgers/Hammerstein Lonely lover - R. Aldrich Moonlight in Vermont - Blackburn/Suessdorf Spring will be a little late this year - Loesser Christmas with Ronnie Aldrich [edit ] White Christmas - Berlin Let it snow - Cahn/Styne Winter wonderland - Bernard/Smith Silver bells - Evans/Livingstone Sleigh ride - Leroy Anderson Have yourself a merry little Christmas - Martin/Blane Toyland - Victor Herbert I’ll be home for Christmas - Gannon/Kent/Ram By the fireside - Robert Schumann Count tour blessings - Berlin Christmas waltz - Cahn/Styne The Christmas song - Torme/Wells The Magic Moods of Ronnie Aldrich [edit ] Charade - Henry Mancini Felicidade - Antonio Carlos Jobim I’ve grown accustomed to her face - Loewe/Lerner Ship of dreams - R. Aldrich I left my heart in San Francisco - Cross/Cory Softly as I leave you - DeVita, Calabrese/Shaper How soon - Mancini/Stillman I wish you love - Trenet/Beach The girl from Ipanema - Jobim The sound of music - Rodgers/Hammerstein Gardens in Ibiza - Aldrich People - Styne/Merrill That Aldrich Feeling [edit ] All Time Piano Hits [edit ] Miserlou - Roubania Bewitched - Rodgers Nola - Arndt Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael Near you - Craig Dancing in the dark - Schwatz Autumn leaves - Kosma Voodoo moon - Noro Morales As time goes by - Hupfeld Inka dinka doo - Ryan/Durante Canadian subset - Haywood/Gimbel Exodus - Gold Two Pianos in Hollywood [edit ] The shadow of your smile - Mandel/Webster Lara’s theme - Webster/Jarre Strangers in the night - Kaempfert/Singleton Chim chim cheree - Richard & Robert Sherman Limelight - Charles Chaplin The Bible - Mayuzumi Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? - North/Webster Moulin Rouge - Auric/Larue More - Oliviero/Ortolani The apartment - Williams A patch of blue - Goldsmith/Wayne Lawrence of Arabia - Jarre Two Pianos Today! [edit ] You only live twice - Barry/Bricusse A whiter shade of pale - Reed/Brooker Georgy girl - Springfield/Dale Somethin’ stupid - Parks A man and a woman - Lai/Barouh My cuo runneth over - Jones/Schmidt Don’t sleep in the subway - Hatch/Trent Release me - Miller/Stevenson Barefoot in the park - Hefti/Mercer Alfie - David/Bacharach Music to watch girls by - Ramin This is my song - Charles Chaplin For Young Lovers [edit ] Ode to Billie Joe - Gentry What the world needs now - Bacharach/David Love is blue - Popp/Cour Sunny - Hebb I think I’m going out of my head - Randazzo/Weinstein Impossible dream - Darion y Leigh Baby, now that I’ve found you - Macaulay/Macleod Valley of the dolls - A. Previn/D. Previn It must be him - Gilbert Becaud/David Up, up and away - Webb To sir with love - London/Black Born free - Barry/Black This Way “In” [edit ] This guy’s in love with you - Bacharach/David Macarthur Park - Webb Blowin’ in the wind - Bob Dylan Do it again - Wilson/Love Honey - Russell Time - Aldrich/Hendrix Mrs. Robinson - Simon By the time I get to Phoenix - Webb Mas que nada - Jorge Ben Theme from “The fox” - Lalo Schifrin A man without love - Panzeri/Pace Something here in my heart - Macleod Macaulay It’s Happening Now [edit ] Hey Jude - Lennon/McCartney Ride my see-saw - Lodge Concierto de Aranjuez - Joaquín Rodrigo Light my fire - Morrison/Manzarek Scarborough fair - Trad., arr. Aldrich Both sides now - Mitchell Theme from “Elvira Madigan” - Mozart, arr. Aldrich Soulful strut - Record/Sanders The nature of love - R. Aldrich I’ve gotta be me - Marks Little green apples - Russell For once in my life - Miller/Murden Destination Love [edit ] My cherie amour - Cosby/Wonder Aquarius - Rado/Ragni Midnight cowboy - Barry Classical gas - Williams Quentin’s theme - Cobert Wichita lineman - Webb Baby I love you - Barry The windmills of your mind - Legrand/Bregman Theme from In the dark - Aldrich Love me tonight - Pilat/Panzeri Love theme from “Romeo and Juliet” - Nino Rota Good morning starshine - Rado/Ragni/MacDermot Togetherness [edit ] “Airport” Love Theme - Newman + Raindrops keep falling on my head - Bacharach/David + Arizona - Young + Bridge over troubled water - Simon + Sugar, sugar - Barry/Kim + Daydream - Vincent/Van Holmen + Venus - Van Leeuwen + Because - Lennon/McCartney + United we stand - Hiller/Simons + Girl on the Via Veneto - R. Aldrich + Let it be - Lennon/McCartney + My heart reminds me (Autumn concerto) - Bargoni/Siegel + Something - Harrison ++ Don’t play that song - Ertegün ++ The long and winding road - Lennon/McCartney ++ Papier-mâché - Bacharach/David ++ Make it with you - Gates ++ Snowbird - McClennan ++ Cecilia - Simon ++ Close to you - Bacharach/David ++ Rider on the rain - Francis Lai ++ My baby loves lovin’ - Cook ++ The sound of silence - Paul Simon ++ Sun-dance - R. Aldrich ++
Released as two separate albums in US: Here Come The Hits! (+) and Close to You (++)
Love Story [edit ] It’s impossible - Armando Manzanero I never promised you a rose garden - South My sweet Lord - Harrison Mr. Bojangles - Walker Woodstock - Mitchell I think I love you - Romeo Amazing grace - Trad. arr Aldrich What is life - Harrison Theme from “Love story” - Lai/Sigman Candida - Wine/Levine El cóndor pasa - Robles Togetherness - R. Aldrich Great Themes to Remember [edit ] Symphony No. 40 - Mozart Meditation - Massenet Serenade - Schubert None but the lonely heart - Tchaikovsky Vocalise - Rachmaninoff Bacarolle - Offenbach/Guiraud/Barbier/Carre Nocturne - Borodin Serenade - Mozart Nocturne - Chopin Air on the G string - Bach Theme from piano concerto No. 21 - Mozart Invitation to Love [edit ] Cherish de Kirkman Gypsys, tramps and thieves - Stone Theme from “Summer of 42” - Legrand I’d like to teach the world to sing - Backer/Davis Baby, I’m-a want you - Gates Theme from “The Onedin Line” - Kachaturian, arr Aldrich Theme from “The go - between” - Legrand I could be happy with you - Wilson Imagine - John Lennon Invitation to love - Taylor/Wolfson Diamonds are forever - Barry/Black Come to Where The Love Is [edit ] Love theme from “The Godfather” - Nino Rota Alone again (Naturally) - R. O’Sullivan Song sung blue - Neil Diamond The impossible dream - M. Leig/J. Darion Popcorn - Kingsley Where is the love - Salter/MacDonald Theme from “Lost horizon” - Bacharach/David The candy man - Bricusse/Newley Without you - Evans y Ham Come to where the love is - Taylor/Marc Breaking up is hard to do - Sedaka/Greenfield Jenny’s theme from “Young Winston” - A. Ralston Soft and Wicked [edit ] Last tango in Paris - Gato Barbieri You’re so vain - Simon Aubrey - Gates Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree - Levine/Brown Clair - O’Sullivan Call me (come back home) Gree/Mitchell/Jackson Good time Charlie - O’Keefe Oh babe, what would you say - Smith Killing me softly with his son - Fox/Gimbel Last song - Evoy Love theme from “The Valachi Papers” - Ortolani It never rains in southern California - Hammond/Hazelwood Top of The World [edit ] Top of the world - R. Carpenter/J. Bettis Summer (The first time) - B. Goldsboro Vado via - E. Riccardi/L. Albertelli If I asked my heart - B. Taylor/R. Marc Ashes to ashes - D. Lambert/B. Potter I got a name - C. Fox/M. Gimbel Jesse - J. Ian Say, has anybody seen my sweet gypsy rose - I. Levine/L. Brown Children of Rome - S. Myers Touch me in the morning - M. Masser/R. Miller The Way We Were [edit ] Love’s theme - B. White The way we were - M. Hamlisch/A. Bergman Leave me alone (Ruby red dress) - D. & M. Laurie I’ll have to say I love you in a song - J. Croce Have you heard - M. Pinder Last time I saw him - M. Masser/P. Sawyer What are you doing the rest of your life? - M. Legrand/A. Bergman Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim Happiness is me and you - O’Sullivan Dark lady - J. Durrill In The Gentle Hours [edit ] In the gentle hours - Aldrich You make me feel brand new - Bell/Creed She - Charles Aznavour/Kretzmer The entertainer - Joplin And I love you so - McLean The first time ever I saw your face - MacColl Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim The old-fashioned way - Garvarentz/Aznavour Yesterday - Lennon/McCartney You are the sunshine of my life - Stevie Wonder Love [edit ] Love - R. Aldrich Quiet nights of quiet stars - Antonio Carlos Jobim The nearness of you - H. Carmichael I didn’t know what time it was - R. Rodgers/L. Hart Once upon a summertime - M. Legrand All the things yor are - J. Kern/O. Hammerstein Days of wine and roses - H. Mancini y/J. Mercer I will wait for you - M. Legrand/N. Gimbel Tenderly - W. Gross/J. Lawrence The sound of love - B. Taylor/R. Marc Watch what happens - M. Legrand/N. Gimbel The party’s over - J. Styne/B. Comden Reflections [edit ] Summer’s end - R. Aldrich Never gonna fall in love again - E. Carmen Times of your life - R. Nichols/B. Lane Spanish eyes - E. Snyder/B. Kaempfert Save your kisses for me - T. Hiller/L. Sheriden How insensitive - A. Jobim/V. DeMoraes Adagio - Trad, arr Aldrich On days like these - D. Black/Q. Jones Scarlet ribbons - E. Danzig/J. Segal Love is a many splendored thing - F. Webster/S. Fain All by myself - E. Carmen Webb Country [edit ] MacArthur Park - Jim Webb Lovers such as I - Jim Webb By the time I get to Phoenix - Jim Webb Paper chase - Jim Webb Wichita lineman - Jim Webb Galveston - Jim Webb Didn’t we - Jim Webb Walk in the sunshine - Jim Webb The moon is a harsh mistress - Jim Webb Up, up and away - Jim Webb With Love and Understanding [edit ] A little love and understanding - Becaud/Amade Evergreen - Williams/Streisand Forever and ever - Vlavianos/Costandinos Feelings - Albert Dancing queen - S. Anderson/Ulvaeus When a child is born - Zacar/Jay * When forever has gone - Vlavianos/Mason Nadias’s theme - DeVorzan/Botkin Theme from “King Kong” - Barry Summer of mi life - May Aria - Bembo y Bardotti Gabriella - R. Aldrich
Released as "Evergreen" in US. (*)not included in American release.
Melodies from The Classics [edit ] Pavane - Faure Rondò alla turca - Mozart Cavatina - Raff Moment musical - Schubert Gymnopedie - Satie Andaluzia (Spanish dance Nº 5) - Granados Badinerie (from suite Nº 2) - Bach Adagio (from sonata Pathetique) - Beethoven La mattinata de Leoncavallo Romance (from violin concerto Nº 2) - Wieniawski Anitra’s dance (from Peer Gynt) - Grieg Reverie - Debussy Emotions [edit ] Emotions - B. Gibb/R. Gibb Exotica - R. Aldrich The name of the game - B. Anderson/B. Ulvaeus How deep is your love - B. Gibb/M. Gibb Star wars suite: a) Main theme b) Cantina band c) Princess theme - J. Williams Take a chance on me - Anderson/Ulvaeus Cavatina - S. Myers/H Shaper Just for you - A. Price Don’t cry for me Argentina from “Evita” - A. Lloyd-Webber/T. Rice You Light up my life - J. Brooks Suite from Close encounters of the third kind - J. Williams Tomorrow´s Yesterdays [edit ] A Certain Smine - Webster/Fain I´m stone in love with you - Bell/Creed/Bell Tomorrow´s Yesterdays- R. Aldrich When I need you - Hammond/Sayer Desafinado - Jobim/Cavanaugh/Hendricks/Mendonca Nights in white satin - Hayward The fool on the hill - Lennon/McCartney I say a little prayer - Bacharach/David I´m not in love - Goddman/Stewart Love me tender - Presley/Matson If you leave me now - Cetera Lucy in the sky with diamonds - Lennon/McCartney For The One You Love [edit ] You needed me - Goodrum The main event/Fight - Jabara/Roberts She believes in me - Gibb Just when I needed you most - Vanwarmer Can´t smile without you - Arnold/Martin/Morrow I know I´ll never love this way again - Kerr/Jennings Gypsomania - R. Aldrich Reunited - Feskaris/Perren Just the way you are - Joel You take my breath away - Lawrence/Hart You´re the only one - Sager/Roberts After the love has gone - Foster/Graydon/Champlin One Fine Day [edit ] Woman in love One fine day Shadow waltz Fame On Broadway Stand by me Reminiscing Autumn tears Magic Romeo´s tune Jingle Bells / Winter Wonderland [edit ] Winter wonderland Silent night The holly and the ivy O come all ye faithful Sleigh ride Let it snow White Christmas Silver bells The Christmas song Jingle bells Imagine [edit ] It´s my turn So far away Crying Blue skies Imagine Should I´ve ever let her go Blessed are the believers Super trouper Intermezzo Put your hand on my shoulder I made it through the rain I´m happy just to dance with you California girls She´s out of my life Morning train What kind of fool I remember Sexy eyes Daytime friends Cupid Night Birds [edit ] Beguin the begine - Porter Arthur´s theme - Bacharach Memory from ¨Cats¨ - Lloyd Webber Santa Catalina - R. Aldrich Hill street blues - Post Chariots of fire - Vangelis Night birds - Sharpe Have you ever been in love? - Danter/Hill/Sinfield A little peace - Siegel/Meinunger/Greedus Albareda - R. Aldrich Stay - Manilow For Lisa - Beethoven arr. Aldrich Sea Dreams [edit ] La mer - Trenet Hello - Richie Sailing by - Binge Bermida triangle - Manilow The sound of the sea - R. Aldrich The last facrewell - Whitaker Calypso - Denver Stranger on the shore - Bilk Sailing - Sutherland Trade winds - R. Aldrich All the girls I´ve loved before - Hammond/David How deep is the ocean? - Berlin For All Seasons [edit ] April in Paris - Duke/Harburg Spring song - Mendelssohn arr. Aldrich It might as well be spring -Rodgers/Hammerstein II Summertime - Gershwin/Heyward The solway in summer- R. Aldrich Summer wind - Mayer Early autumn -Herman/Burns/Mercer September song - Weill/Anderson Forever autumn - Osbourne/Vigrass/Wayne When winter comes - R. Aldrich Winter world of love -Reed/Mason June in January - Rainger/Robin Today in the Old Fashioned Way [edit ] I´d like to teach the world to s(w)ing The way we were Sing The old fashioned way Wonderful baby Oh Babe, what would you say You are the sunshine of my life (They long to be) close to you There´s a kind of hush Song sung blue Clair Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree References [edit ]