Don Reedman

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Don Reedman came to England in 1969 from Australia on a working holiday for 12 months with a dream of making a career in the music business. His first break was getting a job at ATV Music as a song plugger. The first record that he was involved with was "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies, which went on to spend 8 weeks at No. 1.

After a year, he left to join Carlin Music as a professional manager and found songs for Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and many more. He co-wrote with Jeff Jarratt and John Cameron the hit for Mickie Most's band CCS "The Band Played The Boogie".

In the 1970s Don joined K-Tel and created compilation albums - selling over 40 million copies worldwide.

Whilst at K-Tel, he created and produced with Jeff Jarratt the "Classic Rock" series with The London Symphony Orchestra, and "Hooked On Classics" with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which received a Grammy nomination and sold over 15 million albums.

In 1984 he joined Sony Music as Director of Concept Marketing, and had great success with concept albums such as the first "Hits" series (volumes 1 - 6), which sold over 4 million units in the UK, and the "Songs For Lovers", "The Heat Is On", and "Nightflight" series. He also worked with single artistes' TV concepts as diverse as Art Garfunkel and Shakin' Stevens.

In the late 80s Don joined Telstar and was instrumental in the creation of the "100%" series (Dance, Rap, Reggae), the "MegaBass" series and "Unchained Melodies" series. Don signed the Jive Bunny project to Telstar after hearing the single "Swing the Mood" on the radio. The album went on to sell over a million copies in the UK.

In the 90s he had huge success with "The Best Dance Album of the Year 95" and "Dance Nation 95". Other highly successful concept albums were "Back To The Sixties", "The Heart And Soul Of Rock 'n' Roll", "A Night At The Opera", and "The Classical Masters".

Don signed Michael Crawford to Telstar, just as he was finishing the lead role in "The Phantom Of The Opera" in London's West End, and co-produced 4 platinum selling albums for him: "Songs From Stage And Screen", "With Love", "Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber" and "A Touch Of Music In The Night". Don also co-produced the duet with Michael Crawford and Barbra Streisand "The Music Of The Night", which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In 1996 Don formed Focus Music International Limited - a company that specialises in creative concepts, which works independently of and directly with the major record companies.

Don signed Jane McDonald who had been in a very successful TV documentary series called "The Cruise". Jane was turned down by every major recording company in the UK but after meeting her, Don decided instinctively to sign her to Focus Music, and was the executive producer of her first album, "Jane McDonald", which reached No. 1 and remained in the charts for six months.

In the late 90s Don noticed a resurgence in the popularity of Tom Jones and, drawing on the inspiration of the Frank Sinatra "Duets" album, believed that Tom Jones could sell records again if he linked him with contemporary artists. He had seen Tom on the Brits Awards show duetting with Robbie Williams, and heard Robbie talking about it later on the Michael Parkinson Show. He then heard Zoe Ball enthusing about the performance on Radio 1, and he knew he had a big HIT idea.

A meeting was arranged with Tom Jones' manager Mark Woodward, and Don's then partner at Focus, Guy Holmes, to present him with the duets concept. This resulted in the "Reload" album, which remains Tom Jones' biggest selling album to date.

Don went on to create successful compilation albums for Sony Music, including the "All Time Greatest" series, "What A Feeling", the "Perfect Day" series, the "Music To Watch Girls By" series, and "The Classic Chillout Album" series.

With Universal Music, Don worked with artists such as Status Quo, Hank Marvin, David Essex. He signed and co-produced the 18 year old singer Peter Grant, whose debut album "New Vintage" achieved Top 10 and gold status.

Don Reedman is currently enjoying Top 10 success with two albums by two legends - Elvis Presley "Christmas" and "A Love So Beautiful" by Roy Orbison.

Both are accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and were produced by Don with Nick Patrick.

They follow the worldwide success of "If I Can Dream" (2015) and "The Wonder Of You" (2016) both by Elvis Presley with The RPO, which fulfilled Don's dream of showcasing Elvis' phenomenal vocal talent supported by a full orchestra – something which Elvis never achieved in his lifetime.

Both albums have sold well over a million copies in the UK alone, and "The Wonder Of You" made history by being Elvis' 13th No. 1 album, making him the most successful artiste of all time.

With the full support and participation of Priscilla Presley, Don has gone on to make history come alive by creating a live show with the full concert orchestra on stage, synchronising with live footage of Elvis performing all his greatest hits.

Don has just completed a second UK tour of the live shows, which have also played to packed arenas in Europe, Australia and the US.

Don and Nick have also produced an album with Aretha Franklin and the RPO, called "A Brand New Me", and there are more collaborations to come.

Don is currently working on new recordings for his very successful "Classic Rock" series with The London Symphony Orchestra.
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Instruments & Performance

Don Reedman - Masterworks album art No Artist No Artist - Masterworks (Album) K-Tel UK 1980 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Electronic Moods - An Electronic Adventure In Classical Masterworks album art Various Various - Electronic Moods - An Electronic Adventure In Classical Masterworks (Album) K-Tel UK 1987 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Hooked On Rhythm & Classics album art Louis Clark & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Louis Clark & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hooked On Rhythm & Classics (Album) Telstar Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - If I Can Dream album art Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Love Me Tender and 12 more… Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - If I Can Dream (Comp, Album) RCA (2), Legacy, Sony Music (2) Russia 2015 Sell This Version
88985362261 Don Reedman - The Wonder Of You album art Elvis* With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Wonder Of You and 11 more… Elvis* With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Wonder Of You(2xLP, Album) RCA, Legacy, Sony Music 88985362261 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none Don Reedman - I've Got A Thing About You Baby album art Elvis* Elvis* - I've Got A Thing About You Baby(File, FLAC, Single) RCA, Legacy none Europe 2016
none Don Reedman - A Big Hunk O' Love album art Elvis* Elvis* - A Big Hunk O' Love(File, FLAC, Single) RCA, Legacy none Europe 2016
Don Reedman - A Love So Beautiful album art Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* A Love So Beautiful and 13 more… Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - A Love So Beautiful (Album) Legacy, Monument Europe 2017 Sell This Version
88985483707 Don Reedman - Oh, Pretty Woman / Crying album art Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Crying and 1 more… Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Oh, Pretty Woman / Crying(7", Single, Ltd) Sony Music 88985483707 UK 2017 Sell This Version
19075877011 Don Reedman - Unchained Melodies album art Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Great Pretender and 13 more… Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Unchained Melodies(2xLP, Album) Legacy 19075877011 Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

BEA 176 Don Reedman - My Kind Of Music album art Smoky Forbes Love Goes (as Reedman) Smoky Forbes - My Kind Of Music(7", Single) Beacon (7) BEA 176 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - The Best Band In The Land album art C.C.S.* The Band Played The Boogie (as Reedman) C.C.S.* - The Best Band In The Land (Album) RAK, RAK, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - 20 Power Hits album art Various Band Played The Boogie (as Reedman) Various - 20 Power Hits (Comp) K-Tel Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - The Band Played The Boogie album art C.C.S.* C.C.S.* - The Band Played The Boogie (Single) Bell Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - 20 Power Hits album art Various The Band Played The Boogie (as D. Reedman) Various - 20 Power Hits (Comp) K-Tel, K-Tel Israel 1973 Sell This Version
6006 301 Don Reedman - Maybe Tonight / The Long White Trail album art Unknown Artist / John Pantry Maybe Tonight Unknown Artist / John Pantry - Maybe Tonight / The Long White Trail(7", Single) Philips 6006 301 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Kick Out The Jams album art Tub Thumper Kahoutec (as D. Reedman) and 1 more… Tub Thumper - Kick Out The Jams (Single) Alaska Germany 1974 Sell This Version
7N 45353 Don Reedman - Theme From A New World album art The New World Brass Band Theme From A New World (as D. Reedman) and 1 more… The New World Brass Band - Theme From A New World(7", Single) Pye Records 7N 45353 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Classic Rock album art The London Symphony Orchestra American Trilogy The London Symphony Orchestra - Classic Rock (Album) K-Tel Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Classic Rock - The Second Movement album art The London Symphony Orchestra Featuring The Royal Choral Society American Trilogy The London Symphony Orchestra Featuring The Royal Choral Society - Classic Rock - The Second Movement (Album, Comp) K-Tel, K-Tel Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - The World's Worst Record Show album art Various Kick Out The Jams (as Reedman) Various - The World's Worst Record Show (Comp) K-Tel Australia 1978 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Classic Rock Rhapsody In Black album art The London Symphony Orchestra Fanfare - Rhapsody In Black (as Reedman) The London Symphony Orchestra - Classic Rock Rhapsody In Black (Album) K-Tel UK & Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Rock Symphonies - Ein Dramatisches Klangerlebnis album art The London Symphony Orchestra And The Royal Choral Society Fanfare Intro (as Reedman) The London Symphony Orchestra And The Royal Choral Society - Rock Symphonies - Ein Dramatisches Klangerlebnis (Comp, Album) K-Tel Austria 1980 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Hooked On Classics 2 - Can't Stop The Classics album art Louis Clark Conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra With The Royal Chorale Society* Louis Clark Conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra With The Royal Chorale Society* - Hooked On Classics 2 - Can't Stop The Classics (Album) RCA, RCA Victor US 1982 Sell This Version
Don Reedman - Classic Rock Classics album art The London Symphony Orchestra American Trilogy The London Symphony Orchestra - Classic Rock Classics (Single) Towerbell Records UK 1982 Sell This Version