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Jeff Wayne

Jeffry “Jeff” Wayne, born on July 1, 1943 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, is a musician best known for Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, his musical version of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Wayne has written approximately 3,000 advertising jingles in the 1970s which appeared on television in the United Kingdom, notably a Gordon’s Gin commercial which was covered by The Human League. Wayne also composed numerous well-known television themes, including Good Morning Britain (TV-am), ITV’s The Big Match and The World of Sport, BBC’s 60 Minutes, and for 24 years, the UK’s first news radio station, LBC. Wayne wrote feature film and documentary film scores and was musical director for various artists. Wayne published a book called The Book of Tennis and created, produced and scored eight thirty-minute episodes of The Book of Tennis Chronicles that was distributed by Fox Sports in approximately twenty countries, and was broadcast in the US on The Tennis Channel between 2005 and 2008.

Early life

Jeff Wayne was born on 1 July 1943 in Forest Hills, Queens. His father, Jerry Wayne, was an actor, singer and theatre producer who had a profound influence on Jeff’s life, inspiring his love of music and tennis, and introducing him to H. G. Wells’ book The War of the Worlds. Wayne studied classical piano from the age of five, learnt jazz piano and was taught tennis by his father. He spent four years of his childhood in the UK when his father played romantic gambler Sky Masterson in the original West End musical production of Guys and Dolls.

Four years later they returned to New York. Wayne graduated from Stephen Halsey Jr. High and attended Forest Hills High School for one year, and played for its tennis team, before moving to California. Wayne graduated from Grant High School, then from Los Angeles Valley College with a journalism degree. He played keyboards in local bands and coached tennis to support himself. After completing his journalism degree he switched to music, playing keyboards briefly with the Sandpipers.

Discography

Studio Albums

War Of The Worlds – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/jeff-wayne-war-of-the-worlds/

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