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After showing early promise as a musician – learning piano, guitar and flute as a child, Alan started to take on the role of listener rather than the player. Although still working as a musician in the late sixties he turned his attention to a career at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, where he was fortunate enough to have participated in the last works of The Beatles.
He was assistant engineer on “Let It Be” and the brilliant “Abbey Road” album. A long association followed; both with the studio and Paul McCartney. When the Beatles split up, Alan went on to engineer such classics as Wings “Red Rose Speedway” album and the singles “Hi Hi HI” and “C Moon”.
He had a similar association with The Hollies on many hits including “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”, and “The Air That I Breathe”. This was only the beginning however; As the engineering mastermind behind Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album, Alan became highly sought after as one of the new breed of creative engineers.
His decision to enter into production resulted in immediate success. He clocked up several hits with Pilot, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, John Miles, and Al Stewart. With all this success, Alan found a very real need for management and business guidance. It was then that Eric Woolfson, with whom he had worked at Abbey Road, became actively involved in steering Alan towards becoming an artist in his own right. Although they started with a business venture, Eric was to use his songwriting …