‘Countdown’ and ‘Grange Hill’ composer Alan Hawkshaw dies aged 84

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Throughout his career, he also worked with David Bowie and was sampled by many hip-hop artists, including Jay-Z.

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Alan Hawkshaw, the British Composer Behind Iconic Theme Tunes Countdown, Grange Hill What’s more, has died at the age of 84.

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The Leeds-born musician was hospitalized with pneumonia last week, and died yesterday morning (16 October).

The news was revealed in a tweet by talent agency DNA Music Ltd, in which Hawkshock’s wife Christiane said: “It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to my husband of 53 years and the love of my life, Alan.”

She continued: “We spent the last few hours loving each other, holding hands, with no need for words.

“I told him that he and I were forever, and even though he had been unable to speak for the past two months, he did manage to do something ‘forever’ and I knew he was at peace.”

Elsewhere in the statement, DNA paid tribute to Hawkshaw’s influence on the hip-hop world, with his music often sampled by rappers.

“Hip hop producers specifically plundered Allen’s catalog of works, including the greatest Jay-Z with Prey, which is featured on the American Gangster album,” the statement read.

“Alan often joked, ‘I’m one of the oldest rap artists in the world.
Watch a series of tributes from Edgar Wright to Hawkshaw, CountdownSusie Dent and more, below:

During his career, Hawkshaw played with ’60s rock’n’roll groups Emil Ford and The Checkmates, worked as a music director for Olivia Newton-John, and played with the likes of David Bowie and Barbra Streisand. wrote together.

However, his most famous works came with his theme tune Grange Hill and the iconic jingle to announce the end of the 30 second time limit Countdown. He also wrote the theme tune for Channel 4 News.

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