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He was a musician and composer for over 50 years . He was a member of Emile Ford and the Checkmates and The Shadows, toured with the Rolling Stones, and was sampled by Jay-Z. He also composed 35 film themes , but is most famous for his TV music , including the Grange Hill , ITN and Channel 4 news - and this .
I'm sure virtually everyone is familiar with the building tension of the 30 second countdown , which works perfectly .
His wife paid a beautiful , emotional tribute , saying this ;
"It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to Alan, my husband of 53 years and the love of my life. We spent the last few hours gazing at each other with love, holding hands, no need for words.
"I told him he and I were forever, and even though he has been unable to speak for the past two months, he managed a few 'forevers' and I knew he was at peace " A life well lived , I reckon .
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trevjohn

  1 month ago
ITN ? I think John Malcolm did a better one :
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https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2qdvh9
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rosemary-charles

  1 month ago
I never heard of him hun we all will die its the only true fact of life sad for his family though Reply
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
RIP! Reply
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Chris563

  1 month ago
RIP Alan Reply
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BarrieB

  1 month ago
Death is worse for the survivors.
May he rest easy.
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gljcleeve

  1 month ago
Sorry but I've never heard of him but no one can really complain at living for 84 years, most of which sound like having been a good life. Reply
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Missy4

  1 month ago
RIP Alan.
At 84 he had a great innings, especially as he had 4 strokes.
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