Tony Hiller

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Tony Hiller
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Background information
Birth nameAnthony Toby Hiller
Born(1927-07-30)30 July 1927
Bethnal Green, East London, England
Died26 August 2018(2018-08-26) (aged 91)
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, music publisher
Years active1950s–2018
Website www.tonyhiller.com

Anthony Toby Hiller (30 July 1927 – 26 August 2018) [1] [2] was an English songwriter and record producer. [3] He was best known for writing and/or producing hits for Brotherhood of Man, including "United We Stand" (1970) and "Save Your Kisses for Me" (1976).

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Biography

Born in Bethnal Green, East London, England, he began his musical career as a member of the song and dance duo The Hiller Brothers, sharing the stage with his brother Irving. [4] The Hiller Brothers appeared with many performers of the time including Alma Cogan, Tommy Cooper, Val Doonican, Matt Monro, The Shadows, Bernard Manning, Kathy Kirby, Roger Whittaker, Rip Taylor, Gene Vincent, Lance Percival, Tessie O'Shea, Frank Ifield, Deep River Boys, The Dallas Boys, Clark Brothers, Paul Melba, and Ray Burns. [5]

Hiller was best known for writing and/or producing numerous hits for Brotherhood of Man, including "United We Stand" (1970), [6] [7] "Save Your Kisses for Me" (1976), [6] "Angelo" (1977), [8] and "Figaro" (1978). [8] The song "United We Stand" [6] is considered a worldwide standard and has been recorded by over 100 different artists. Thirty years after the original hit, the song was popularized again by becoming a patriotic and spiritual anthem, and was recorded by several more artists. It was used numerous times in the production of various network news broadcasts during coverage of the 9/11 events.

Hiller also wrote "Caroline" recorded by The Fortunes on Decca Records in 1964 which became famous as the theme tune for the North Sea pirate station Radio Caroline and is still used as the station theme today.[ citation needed ]

Over 500 other artists have recorded Hiller's songs including Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Williams, Ray Stevens, The Miracles, The Hollies, Sonny and Cher, The Osmonds, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, and Ed Bruce. [5] He won three Ivor Novello Awards and a Gold Badge Award for his services to the British music industry. [1]

Chart hits

Song TitleWriter(s)ArtistCountryYear
"He Don't Want Your Love Anymore" [9] (Hiller/Dawson/Ford) Lulu UK1965
"United We Stand" [7] (Hiller/Simons) Brotherhood of Man UK/US/Europe1970
"Where are You Going to My Love" [8] [10] (Hiller/Goodison/Day/Leslie) Brotherhood of Man UK/US1970
"Reach Out Your Hand" [8] (Hiller) Brotherhood of Man US1971
"Sunny Honey Girl" [11] (Hiller/Greenaway/Cook/Goodison) Cliff Richard UK/Europe1971
"United We Stand" [7] (Hiller/Simons)Wess & Dhori GhezziItaly1973
"Lady" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man Europe1974
"Daddy Loves You Honey" [12] (Hiller/Raymonde) Dorsey Burnette US1974
"Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby" [8] (credited as producer only) Brotherhood of Man Europe1975
"Save Your Kisses for Me" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/US/Europe1976
"My Sweet Rosalie" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1976
"Save Your Kisses for Me" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Bobby Vinton US1976
"Save Your Kisses for Me" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Margo Smith US1976
"Save Your Kisses for Me" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Rex Gildo Germany1976
"Manchester United"(Hiller/Hiller) Manchester United Football Club UK1976
"Oh Boy (The Mood I'm In)" [13] (credited as producer only) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1977
"Angelo" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1977
"Highwayman" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man Europe1977
"Angelo" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) The Barron Knights UK1977
"Figaro" [8] (Edens/Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1978
"Beautiful Lover" [8] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1978
"Middle of the Night" [14] (Hiller/Lee/Sheriden) Brotherhood of Man UK/Europe1978
"You're the Greatest Lover"(credited as producer only) Gina and the Champions Ireland1979
"Who Do You Wanna Be"(credited as producer only) Gina and the Champions Ireland1979
"Put a Light in Your Window" [15] (Hiller/Curtis) Tony Christie Germany1981
"Lightning Flash" [16] (Hiller/Lee/Upton) Brotherhood of Man UK1982
"Here We Go"(Hiller/Spiro) Everton Football Club UK1985
"Nights" [17] (Hiller/Hill) Ed Bruce US1986
"We’ve Got the Whole World at Our Feet"(Hiller/James/James)England World Cup SquadUK1986
"Sitting on Top of the World" [18] (Hiller/James/James) Liverpool Football Club UK1986
"Glad all Over" / "Where Eagles Fly"(Hiller/Upton) Crystal Palace Football Club UK1990
"Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)" [19] (Hiller/Upton) Sonia UK1991
"No One Can Stop Us Now"(Hiller/Upton) Chelsea Football Club UK1994
"Spilled Perfume"(Hiller/Hill) Gil Grand Canada1998
"Over You"(Hiller/Hill) Anne Murray Canada1998
"United We Stand" [7] (Hiller/Simons) Ray Stevens US2002
"United We Stand" [7] (Hiller/Simons)SixIreland2003

Awards and achievements

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