UK Eurovision 2010 Pete Waterman

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UK Eurovision 2010 Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman announced as UK songwriter at Eurovision 2010

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has issued a press release indicating that Pete Waterman will be the songwriter for the United Kingdom entry in 2010.

Peter Alan Waterman OBE (born 15 January 1947) is an English record producer, occasional songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter, president of Coventry Bears rugby league club and a keen railway enthusiast. He is the owner of significant collections of both historic and commercial railway locomotives and rolling stock, a passion and expensive hobby made possible by the huge commercial success of the acts he signed.

Born in Stoke Heath, Coventry, Waterman had left Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School (now rebuilt and called Whitley Abbey Community School) to work at a railway depot.
The Coventry kid who made good
Whatever your pop opinion, Pete Waterman has had an incredible influence on the UK music industry. We took a closer look at his life.

Out of all the Coventry kids who went on to make good, Pete Waterman must be amongst those at the very top of the list.

Born into poverty just after the war, Pete grew up living and breathing music before becoming one of the country’s first big name DJs and beginning a career as one of the most successful writers/producers of all time.

The multi, multi millionaire is even behind more number one singles than even The Beatles and Elvis! Not bad for a lad who started life selling coal to the neighbours to help his parents make ends meet.

Musical Youth reached the top with Pete's help
Born in 1947, Pete left school unable to read and began working on the railways - his second greatest love after music - and took a series of other jobs as a gravedigger and as a trainee at the GEC.

All the while, he was amassing a huge and impressive record collection with rare and little-heard pressings he had managed to obtain in the States and he spent time entertaining friends at parties with his collection and a Dansette record player.

Finding Mecca
He eventually began work as a DJ and travelled up and down the country, entertaining bigger and bigger crowds with the blend of R and B and soul tunes he had sourced and he met a number of big stars along the way - not least The Beatles themselves - to whom he introduced a number of styles of new music.

Without Pete, there would have been no Kylie....
He was given a residency with the Mecca group, which was then unheard of, and pioneered a number of initiatives, including matinee discos for under 18s at Coventry’s Locarno which gave him a valuable insight into what made a younger audience tick.

Eventually, another challenge was needed and Pete jetted off to the US to begin a stint in A&R and worked at the heart of the Philadelphia scene - which included some time with the Three Degrees, who he introduced to Britain.

He then moved on to Jamaica, where he was given all-areas access to legends like Peter Tosh and Lee Perry and he produced one of his first major smashes, the reggae-crossover hit Susan Cadogan’s Hurts So Good.

In 1979, Pete set up Loose Ends with Peter Collins and they enjoyed massive success with artists like Musical Youth and Nik Kershaw.

The Hit Factory
It wasn’t until 1984 that he established his own record label, PWL, and signed up young producers Matt Stock and Mike Aitken and within months they enjoyed their first hit, Whatever I Do, with Hazel Dean.

The song which didn’t just establish the company but also the hi-energy sound which became synonymous with SAW.

Pete was responsible for Jase's rise too...
As the 80s passed, the trio masterminded a string of monster hits, with artists such as Rick Astley, Sonia, Mel & Kim, Dead Or Alive and Big Fun reaching dizzy heights on their behalf.

We mustn’t overlook too the signing of Kylie and then Jason, which delighted teenagers everywhere and created the scary trend of singing soapstars, nor the Hitman and Her with Michaela Strachan.

Independent again
All was well and the Hit Factory could do no wrong until major record company Warners bought 50% of the company. Although the hits kept coming (through the likes of 2Unlimited), things were unhappy behind the scenes and first Mike Stock and then Matt Aitken left.

Pete went independent again and by now was an amazingly rich man - he once bought 18 Ferraris and has owned the Flying Scotsman as well as other steam engines. His success continued through the likes of Steps and then he was back on TV as a judge on Pop Idol.

And Pete also gave us Big Fun. Some you win.....
Stock, Aitken and Waterman put aside their differences and finally got back together for the launch of SAW Gold in 2005.

Pete Waterman also runs PWL radio, an online service that plays pure pop - including a liberal sprikling of homegrown SAW tunes, naturally!

In factual television, Waterman's interest in trains saw him present a historic self-retrospective view in Waterman on Railways for Channel Four/the Discove

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