born in 1957 in Bracknell, England, United Kingdom
Andy Hill (composer)
|Andy Hill (composer)|
Andy Hill (born Andrew Gerrard Hill, 1957 in Bracknell, England) is a British music producer and songwriter who scored many hits during the 1980s and 90s. He is most famous for his work with Bucks Fizz.
Andy Hill first experienced his earliest success when he co-wrote and produced the UK's winning 1981 Eurovision Song Contest entry for Bucks Fizz, "Making Your Mind Up".
Ironically, Hill himself took part in the 1981 A Song For Europe contest, alongside his partner (later wife) Nichola Martin with their band Gem, performing "Have You Ever Been In Love?" This was released as a single under the name Paris but didn't chart. Leo Sayer took his version of the single into the UK top 10. The song has gone on to be covered by many artists.
For much of the decade, Hill concentrated on carving a successful career for Bucks Fizz and following their Eurovision chart-topper, he went on to write and produce two further UK No.1's "The Land Of Make Believe" and "My Camera Never Lies". By 1986 he was responsible for (either writing or producing) all 11 of the band's UK top 20 hits.
Since then, he has also written for Celine Dion, Cliff Richard, Ronan Keating, Diana Ross, Cher, and Brian Kennedy. These writing credits include Celine Dion's "Think Twice" which reached number one in the charts of Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the UK, the song topped the charts for seven weeks and went on to sell over a million copies. It currently stands as the 45th highest selling single of all time in the UK. It remains Hill's biggest hit to date.
He also gained success in the US when he partnered with Peter Cetera for his World Falling Down album. From this, the single "Restless Heart" reached No.1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart for 10 consecutive weeks.
On many of his compositions he was partnered by lyricist Pete Sinfield, who had formerly worked with King Crimson.
Most recently he has written songs for Il Divo on their multi platinum selling debut album and collaborated with Gary Barlow on Katherine Jenkins 2007 album Rejoice. He wrote "Proud" on Susan Boyle's worldwide 10 million selling album of 2009 and has written songs for Westlife and Boyzone.
He has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award on seven occasions and has won the award twice in the category "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" and once for "Songwriter of the Year".
The following is a selected list of his most popular songs (with the artist who most famously recorded it)
- "Making Your Mind Up" (Bucks Fizz, 1981)
- "Piece of the Action" (Bucks Fizz, 1981)
- "The Land of Make Believe" (Bucks Fizz) 1981
- "Have You Ever Been in Love" (Leo Sayer, 1982)
- "My Camera Never Lies" (Bucks Fizz, 1982)
- "Now Those Days are Gone" (Bucks Fizz, 1982)
- "If You Can't Stand the Heat" (Bucks Fizz, 1982)
- "Run for Your Life" (Bucks Fizz, 1983)
- "Heart of Stone" (Cher, 1989)
- "Restless Heart" (Peter Cetera, 1992)
- "Peace in Our Time" (Cliff Richard, 1993)
- "Think Twice" (Celine Dion, 1994)
- "Call the Man" (Celine Dion, 1996)
- "Real World" (D-Side, 2003)
- "I'll See You Again" (Westlife, 2009)
- "Proud"" (Susan Boyle, 2009)
He has also provided songs for albums by the following artists:
- Michael Ball
- Bonnie Tyler
- Elaine Paige
- Elkie Brooks
- Jane Weidlin
- Vanessa Mae
- Barbara Dickson
- Nick Berry
- Albert Hammond 
As a producer, he produced many of Bucks Fizz's biggest hits as well as UK top ten hits "One Step Further" by Bardo,"Real World" by D-Side and the US AC #1 "Restless Heart" by Peter Cetera.
His trademark as a Producer tended to consist of full productions with heavy drum sounds. Critics have called his production both "cluttered" and "stylish".
As a performer he played guitar and performed backing vocals on many of his own productions. He also sang lead vocals for his short-lived early 1980s band Paris. The group originally took part in the 1981 Song for Europe under the name Gem with "Have You Ever Been in Love". Paris started out as a quartet of Hill, Nicola Martin (keyboards, backing vocals), Graham Broad (drums, backing vocals) and Ian Bairnson (guitars). Bairnson left the group after the first single and they remained a three-piece.
Paris released four singles in total:
|March 1982||"Have You Ever Been in Love"|
|May 1982||"No Getting Over You"|
|July 1983||"Another Sad Affair"|
Of these, only "No Getting Over You" made the UK Charts, peaking at No.49.
From 2001 to 2006, Hill owned the Nyetimber vineyard in West Sussex, one of England's best sparkling wine producers.
- thecustard.tv links and lists The Ultimate Chart
- Peter Cetera
- Songwriting ~ Passion is a blue pencil
- Song details: Through the eyes of a child - Albert Hammond
- Chart Stats - Paris - No Getting Over You
- Waitrose magazine article
- Andy Hill fan site
|Bobby G Cheryl Baker Mike Nolan Jay Aston Shelley Preston|
Making Your Mind Up · Piece of the Action · One of Those Nights · The Land of Make Believe · My Camera Never Lies · Now Those Days Are Gone · If You Can't Stand The Heat · Run For Your Life · When We Were Young · London Town · Rules of the Game · Talking in Your Sleep · Golden Days · I Hear Talk · You and Your Heart so Blue · Magical · New Beginning (Mamba Seyra) · Love the One You're With · Keep Each Other Warm · Heart of Stone ·
Bucks Fizz · Are You Ready · Hand Cut · Greatest Hits - Bucks Fizz · I Hear Talk · Writing On The Wall · The Story So Far · Live At Fairfield Halls · The Ultimate Anthology · The Lost Masters · The Very Best of Bucks Fizz · The Lost Masters 2 - The Final Cut ·
Andy Hill · Peter Sinfield · Ian Bairnson · Congratulations (Eurovision) · Eurovision Song Contest 1981 · United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest · What's Love Got to Do with It (song) ·
|Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriters|
|1950s||Géo Voumard / Émile Gardaz · Guus Jansen / Willy van Hemert · Hubert Giraud / Pierre Delanoë · Dick Schallies / Willy van Hemert|
|1960s||André Popp / Pierre Cour · Jacques Datin / Maurice Vidalin · Claude-Henri Vic / Roland Valande · Otto Francker / Sejr Volmer-Sørensen · Nicola Salerno / Mario Panzeri · Serge Gainsbourg · Udo Jürgens / Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger · Bill Martin, Phil Coulter · Manuel de la Calva, Ramón Arcusa · David Hartsema / Lenny Kuhr · Alan Moorhouse / Peter Warne · Maria José de Cerato / Aniano Alcalde|
|1970s||Derry Lindsay, Jackie Smith · Jean-Pierre Bourtayre / Yves Dessca · Mario Panas, Klaus Munro / Yves Dessca, Klaus Munro · Claude Morgan / Vline Buggy · Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson · Dick Bakker / Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens · Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee · Jean-Paul Cara / Joe Gracy · Nurit Hirsh / Ehud Manor · Kobi Oshrat / Shimrit Orr|
|1980s||Shay Healy · Andy Hill, John Danter · Ralph Siegel / Bernd Meinunger · Jean-Pierre Millers / Alain Garcia · Torgny Söderberg / Britt Lindeborg · Rolf Løvland · Jean Paul Furnémon, Angelo Crisci · Seán Sherrard · Nella Martinetti, Atilla ereftu · Rajko Dujmi / Stevo Cviki|
|1990s||Toto Cutugno · Stephan Berg · Seán Sherrard · Jimmy Walsh · Brendan Graham · Rolf Løvland / Petter Skavland · Brendan Graham · Kimberley Rew · Svika Pick / Yoav Ginai · Lars Diedricson / Marcos Ubeda|
|2000s||Jørgen Olsen · Ivar Must / Maian-Anna Kärmas · Marija Naumova / Marija Naumova, Marats Samauskis · Demir Demirkan, Sertab Erener / Demir Demirkan · Ruslana Lyzhychko / Ruslana Lyzhychko, Alexandr Ksenofontov · Christos Dantis / Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou · Tomi Putaansuu · Vladimir Grai / Saa Miloevi Mare · Dima Bilan, Jim Beanz · Alexander Rybak|
|2010s||Julie Frost / John Gordon|