b. 1925, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, d. 26 April 1984, Guernsey, Channel Islands, Britain. A true ‘backroom boy’ of the music business, Gray’s name will be familiar to television viewers who read the credits. His distinctive scores were an important ingredient in the huge success of shows such as Thunderbirds and Stingray. Gray’s professional music career started with London publishers B. Feldman & Co., where he gained much experience arranging for large and small orchestras in variety theatres. He also worked pre-war for the commercial station Radio Normandy, before war service with the RAF took him to India, Africa and Burma. Back home he relaunched his career as a freelance, writing lyrics and music for radio shows, performers, films and publishers. His works were performed by singers such as Eartha Kitt and Hoagy Carmichael, and in 1949 he began a 10-year period as arranger and accompanist to Vera Lynn. In 1956 he began his long association with producer of puppet films Gerry Anderson. The first television series was Twizzle, to be followed by Torchy The Battery Boy, Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90, U.F.O. , and Space 1999. His feature films (sometimes supplying special effects for the named composer) included Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965), Farenheit 451 (1966), Island Of Terror (1966), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966), Thunderbirds Are Go (1967), Thunderbird Six (1968) and Doppelganger (1969). On 27 October 1979 he conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra in a suite of his own scores as part of ‘Filmharmonic 1979’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Gray’s best remembered theme is his ‘Thunderbirds March’.
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