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Angela Morley


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(1924 – 2009)

Angela Morley (born Wally Stott, 10 March 1924 – 14 January 2009) was an English composer and conductor.

She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and attributed her entry into successful composing and arranging largely to the influence and encouragement of the Canadian light music composer Robert Farnon.

She was a transsexual woman, and was originally credited under her birth name Wally Stott. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1972. Angela Morley lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been awarded 3 Emmy Awards for her work in television musical scoring.

Angela Morley is perhaps best known as a composer of light music, with the jaunty Rotten Row her best known piece. Also notable is A Canadian in Mayfair, a homage to Robert Farnon’s Portrait of a Flirt.

In 1953, she began a long association with the Philips record label, arranging for and accompanying the company’s artists, as well as releasing records under her own name, including the 1958 LP ‘London Pride’.

She is also well known for writing the theme tune and incidental music for Hancock’s Half Hour and was the musical director for The Goon Show from the third series in 1952 to the last show in 1960. Another very short, but fondly remembered, theme was the 12-notes-long “Ident Zoom-2”, written for Lew Grade’s Associated TeleVision (ATV) and in use from the introduction of colour television in 1969 until the demise of ATV in 1981.

In the 1960s she worked with Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and the first three highly regarded solo albums by Scott Walker. In 1962 and 1963, she arranged the United Kingdom entries for the Eurovision Song Contest, Ring-A-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Things, both sung by Ronnie Carroll.

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  • Xhi

    the soundtrack for "watership down" was my introduction to music at the age of four, in 1993 - still amazes me to this day.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Ghosty_Ghost

    Ohhh super sad to find out she's no longer alive. Her compositions for Watership Down are beautiful. They've stuck with me just as well as the imagery in the film, which is surprising considering it's nature. I'll never stop listening <3

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • piesintheskys44

    200!!!! woo im glas i found mine in a jumble lovly soundtrack mind, prologue is beautiful!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • photon_man62

    Best $200 I ever spent

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    What "What the fuck"? Are you just another one of those utterly stupid, ignorant and horribly retarded people who are just too IDIOTIC to consider a transgenderist being an awarded composer? She created so very beautiful music... Just get lost!

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • somethingorigin

    What the fuck?

    21 Jun 2008 Reply

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