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Another Loss In The Organ world

Posted: Monday 25th January

Another Loss In The Organ world

Sadly the organ world has recently lost another of its great musicians, Alan Haven died earlier this month and has recently been given a green burial in Bawtry.

This legendary jazz organist worked alongside legendary 007 composer John Barry on Bond films such as 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger'. His single released in 1965 called 'Image' was frequently used as a theme tune by the offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline. It was also used as a theme by DJ Tony Blackburn.

Alan, who was born in Prestwich provided music for the comedy film A Jolly Bad Fellow, which was released in 1964, the Richard Lester film 'The Knack' and 'How to Get It' which was released a year later. He released a number of albums in the 1960s and 1970s, including a recording of a live set at Ronnie Scott's in London. His friend, comedy legend Spike Milligan, contributed the album notes for the 1971 release St. Elmo's Fire.

In 1965, he married Miss World winner Lesley Langley and the couple had one daughter. Much of his early work was performed on a Lowrey organ and during his career he worked with many famous names such as Cilla Black, Shirley Bassey, Lulu and many more.

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