Musician. Songwriter. Producer.
Dues well paid
Now in his 77th year, there's not much that Graham Dee doesn't know about the music industry of the Bowie and Beatles era. Nicknamed Mr Tin Pan Alley in the '60s and '70s, he played a pivotal role doing a great deal behind the scenes.
Songwriter, musician, producer and A&R man, he was a recording artist for Pye, staff songwriter for United Artists and ATV Music, produced records for Polydor/Atlantic, recorded music at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama, and worked and toured with many great artists and bands including The Animals, Van Morrison and The Drifters.
Now, after decades out of the industry, he is returning with a vengeance.
It's the music that matters
"Music matters," Graham asserts with utter conviction. "At one time, popular music was all about crafted melodies and interesting arrangements. It's gone through many changes, and now it seems to be more about image. That's wrong. Surely it's the music that matters. And that's why I've returned to the business - to bring back something I feel is missing."
Graham has a growing number of projects in the pipeline. Through 2019 and beyond he will be releasing a series of singles and ultimately a portfolio of vinyl records of music he has written and/or produced.
Alongside this, he is involved with a number of upcoming young artists. He has co-produced an album for Norwich-based singer songwriter Richard Sutton, which was released in October 2018. The two of them are now working on a series of new songs together. "Richard has a strong song-writing talent," Graham says, "And I would like to see this reach out to a wider audience."
He is also working with a couple of young singers, and plans to record them soon.