Thursday, 3 January 2013

Pete Waterman the music maker of the 80s

Here is the story of a man who put a project together with two other individuals and made a mint! The man is Pete Waterman, along with Stock and Akeman, He produced a record called Roadblock that was an instant hit in the early 1980s , They then decided that producing other artists would be better and more profitable, They were so right, With artists like Kylie Minogue, Jason Donavon, Sonia, Senita, And not to forget Rick Astley, The trio made a string of hits that were second to none in the music industry! See bio '

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Pete Waterman

BornPeter Alan Waterman
(1947-01-15) 15 January 1947 (age 65)[1]
Stoke Heath, Coventry, England
ResidenceWarrington, Cheshire, England
OccupationRecord producer, songwriter,
radio and club DJ, television
, railway enthusiast,
Years activeSince 1979
Net worthIncrease £47 million (est.)
TitleChairman of Pete Waterman Entertainment
(since 1984)
President of Coventry Bears
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Reynolds (m. 1970 – d. 1974) «start: (1970)–end+1: (1975)»"Marriage: Elizabeth Reynolds to Pete Waterman" Location: (linkback://
Julie Reeves (m. 1980 – d. 1984) «start: (1980)–end+1: (1985)»"Marriage: Julie Reeves to Pete Waterman" Location: (linkback://
Denise Gyngell (m. 1991 – d. 1999) «start: (1991)–end+1: (2000)»"Marriage: Denise Gyngell to Pete Waterman" Location: (linkback://
Peter Alan Waterman OBE (born 15 January 1947) is an English record producer, occasional songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter, president of Coventry Bears rugby league club and a keen railway enthusiast. As a member of the Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting team he wrote and produced many hit singles. He is the owner of significant collections of both historic and commercial railway locomotives and rolling stock, a passion and expensive hobby made possible by the commercial success of the acts he signed.


 Pete's early life

Born in Stoke Heath, Coventry, Warwickshire, Waterman left Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School (now rebuilt and called Whitley Abbey Community School) to work at a railway depot. After closure of the depot, Waterman chose to follow a career in music, being inspired by The Beatles. To supplement his income as a DJ, Waterman became a gravedigger and then an apprentice at General Electric Company, becoming a trade union official.                                                                      Musical career,
Building a record collection through rare US imports, his DJ work began to take him across the UK, entertaining bigger crowds with a blend of rhythm and blues and soul music tunes he had sourced. Given a residency with the Mecca Leisure Group, he developed new initiatives including matinĂ©e discos for under 18s at Coventry’s Locarno club, which gave him a valuable insight into what music interested a younger audience. Waterman noticed that the younger dancers preferred records with high beats per minutes and this influenced his later work. It was at the Locarno that Waterman first met Neville Staple, later to be a vocalist for The Specials - a band that Waterman would manage for a brief period. In early 2009, Waterman wrote the foreword to Neville's biography "Original Rude Boy", which was published by Aurum Press in May 2009.
Waterman took up a job as an A&R man, and worked in the Philadelphia scene, which included introducing the Three Degrees to the UK. He then moved to Jamaica working with Peter Tosh and Lee Perry, and producing Susan Cadogan’s reggae-crossover hit Hurts So Good.
In 1979, Waterman set up Loose Ends with Peter Collins, the first coming under the name 14-18 with a single inspired by World War I, "Good-Bye-Ee," and hits with artists like Musical Youth and Nik Kershaw. He then set up his own company PWL (Pete Waterman Limited) in 1984, quickly signing producers Matt Aitken and Mike Stock, who produced the song "Whatever I Do" for Hazell Dean. Stock Aitken Waterman became one of the most successful musical production teams of the 1980s.
To date, Waterman has scored a total of twenty two UK number one singles with his various acts (including Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Steps, Mel and Kim, Donna Summer, Sinitta, Cliff Richard, Dutch girl-band the Dolly Dots and Jason Donovan) and he claims upwards of 500 million sales worldwide (inclusive of singles, albums, compilation inclusions, downloads, etc.). Waterman has also appeared in the Steps video "Tragedy".
In the late-1990s, production company Celador hired Waterman to compose a song for their new quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The company felt the song unsuitable, and instead approached Keith Strachan.
Waterman wrote and produced the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest entry for the United Kingdom, which finished in last place with 10 points.
Waterman is worth £30 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.


Waterman co-presented The Hit Man and Her with Michaela Strachan. He also presented a show on Radio City.
Waterman has appeared as a judge on both series of Pop Idol in the UK (2001-03), and also Popstars: The Rivals (2002). The latter saw him become manager of the winning boy band One True Voice, who then lost the race to Christmas number 1 to the same show's winning girl group, Louis Walsh's Girls Aloud.
Waterman returned as judge for the second series of Pop Idol, but was constantly critical of the eventual winner, Michelle McManus, and was unashamedly unhappy when her victory was announced. Waterman has since said he will not appear on any similar programmes in future, and has on several occasions attacked more recent talent shows (specifically those devised by his former Pop Idol colleague, Simon Cowell)
Whilst he has kept his promise not to appear as a talent show judge, on 12 October 2008, Waterman joined his fellow ex-Pop Idol judges Neil Fox and Nicki Chapman on Peter Kay's spoof talent show Britain's Got The Pop Factor... And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice, a fully scripted fictional spoof on the talent show genre. The show parodied the emotional manipulation behind Cowell's shows, with Waterman memorably interrupting a funeral to tell an ousted contestant that the loss of his gran (who had died of shock when learning her grandson had been dropped from the show) would provide the sob story he needed to get him on to the show.
In factual television, Waterman's interest in trains saw him present a historic self-retrospective view in Waterman on Railways for Channel Four/the Discovery Channel. Waterman also appeared in an advert by the National Blood Service in the UK, their sixth TV advert which also features Carol Smillie and Will Carling.
Waterman was one of the contestants in the 2009 series of the BBC programme Celebrity MasterChef, but was knocked out in the first round.


Waterman wrote and produced the UK entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. This song was performed by the final three acts on Eurovision: Your Country Needs You! on 12 March 2010, Josh Dubovie was chosen to represent the UK. The song came under much criticism and William Hill betting odd's gave the song 125-1 chance that the song would win, the longest odds for a UK entry ever. In the end the song, "That's Sounds Good To Me", came last at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest receiving only 10 points in total.

 Other commercial interests

 Railways ( A man after my own heart, I love model trains )

Waterman's main interest outside music is in railways. He has been involved in several railway ventures over the years. In 1988 he revived the name of the London and North Western Railway Company for his rail vehicle maintenance business, based at Crewe, which was the largest privately owned rail maintenance business in the country until it was sold to Arriva in November 2008. In 1994 in the opening stages of the privatisation of British Rail, he bought the Special Trains Unit which ran tourist charters and the like. This was sold on after a few years. Waterman also owns a steam locomotive and carriage restoration company called LNWR Heritage, based at Crewe Heritage Centre. He also founded the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, which currently owns several steam and diesel locomotives including 5224, 5553, 7027 'Thornbury Castle'; 46035 'Ixion' and 47402 'Gateshead'.
He also has a keen interest in model railways, and is the founder of the model railway business Just Like the Real Thing, which specialises in O Gauge kits. He works closely with model-maker Laurie Lynch on this project. He continues to retain an interest in the company and regularly accompanies its sales stand to model railway exhibitions. Waterman has an extensive private collection of railway models and railway layouts, in O scale and larger gauges. He is currently building a large model of Leamington Spa railway station, in O scale, set in the 1950s. He has written several books and many magazine articles on the subject. He has said that his ability to become absorbed in making models helped him cope with grief after the death of his son.


In addition to his passion for music and railways, Waterman is also a huge supporter of Walsall F.C.. He is also a rugby league fan and is president of Rugby League Conference side Coventry Bears.


In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by University College Chester.
In the New Year Honours List published 31 December 2004 he was given an OBE for his services to music. In December 2006, he became a patron of the newly formed charity, the City, Lambeth and Southwark Music Education Trust.

 Personal life

Waterman has been married three times:
  • Elizabeth Reynolds (m. 1970–74, divorced): one son (Paul, 1971–2005)
  • Julie Reeves (m. 1980–84, divorced): one son (Peter, born 1981)
  • Denise Gyngell (m. 1991–99, divorced); two children (Toni Tuesday) and (Charlie Ella)
Waterman lives in Warrington.
What I remember best about this trio of clever professionals is the unique sound that they produced that always had a catchy bass line and driving drum beats! A truly fabulous sound!
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