Child pop star-turned West End composer Denis King to release his memoir celebrating a life spent in music as an Ebook and audio-book.
In the 1950s and early 60s Denis King was a member of Britain’s first ever boy band, The King Brothers, performing with his two older brothers, Mike and Tony.
With Denis aged just 13, The King Brothers toured around the UK, performing two shows a night, toured Europe, appeared in summer seaside shows, made numerous TV appearances and in 1956 became the youngest variety act to appear at the world famous London Palladium.
Since then, Denis has composed over 200 TV themes including the Ivor Novello Award-winning Black Beauty, and Lovejoy, Dick Turpin, We’ll Meet Again, Two’s Company and Hannay.
He has collaborated with theatre legends – Alan Ayckbourn among them – to co-write over 25 stage musicals, including the original 1977 RSC production of Privates On Parade, which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Musical, Worzel Gummidge, A Saint She Ain’t and the musical version of Stepping Out, all for the West End.
His career has encompassed every aspect of show business – singing, performing, producing and composing. He has experienced success alongside disaster and betrayal. The artists he has worked alongside read like a who’s who of British and American stage and screen: Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, Howard Keel, Sammy Cahn, Albert Finney, Dame Edna Everage, Maureen Lipman, Elaine Stritch, Julia McKenzie, Dudley Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Ronnie Corbett, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland…
KEY CHANGES, his eagerly awaited memoir, is not a potted history nor a lengthy name-drop. It is an intimate, funny portrait of the grind as well as the glamour in what most people outside the entertainment industry wrongly assume is a charmed way to earn a living. It is an extremely frank and personal account of the highs and lows of showbusiness, from post-war Twice Nightly Variety to the present day.
As well as being a brilliant musician, Denis is also a witty anecdotalist, and the stories he tells are funny, poignant, eye-opening and at times shocking. KEY CHANGES, to be released on Wednesday 8 April, will also be available as a 7-hour audio book, narrated and musically underscored by the author, and illustrated with excerpts from his personal sound archive, including music specially performed by him exclusively for the recording. It will be available via iTunes, Audible.com, Play.com, Google Play.
A CD, Black Beauty and other TV Themes by Denis King will also be available from www.birnamcdshop.com & www.amazon.co.uk Downloads will be available via iTunes and AmazonMP3
“I’ve known Denis King for many years but in spite of that I would strongly recommend this book” Barry Cryer
“Denis King changed my life. I remember seeing The King Brothers on TV and I thought, ‘Yes! I could do that!’ but I was too tall. So I had the operation and the rest is history” Bill Oddie
“His skills as racy raconteur and dry-as-a-bone humourist are as legendary as his tinkling fingers and classic compositions” Maureen Lipman
“Standing on The Corner, yes, one of the great records of that year. Or that month, certainly. I remember The King Brothers as some of the liveliest, freshest, most exciting, oddly attractive young men I’d ever seen on TV. I know Elvis borrowed a lot of tricks from The King Brothers” Michael Palin
“Denis is a trusty friend, a favourite collaborator, a fine musician and a true original. Though what exactly he was originally, I really couldn’t say” Alan Ayckbourn
Tuesday 10th March 2015