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Date of Birth 5 February 1930Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK
Date of Death 8 October 2010Spain
Birth NameNeil Grant Richardson

Mini Bio (1)

Son of a Worcestershire clergyman, Neil Grant Richardson was born in Stourport on 5 February 1930, and lived in the village of Hartlebury. As a composer his main activity has been supplying material to stock music libraries, notably KPM. He and several other KPM composers (including Sydney Dale, Alan Moorhouse and Johnny Pearson) composed and conducted under the joint pseudonym "Oscar Brandenburg." One of Neil's music library pieces, "Approaching Menace," became extremely popular as the title music to the long-running BBC television quiz Mastermind (1972), although it was used in other programmes around the world and even turned up in Philippine horror movies such as The Twilight People (1972). Another of his pieces, "Scotch Broth," was used to accompany the television test card. Surprisingly, Neil's credited work in films and television has been mainly as assistant composer and arranger on series such as Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989) and hit movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). From 1990 he decided to hyphenate his name to Neil Grant-Richardson.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Marshall

Trivia (1)

His 1960s song "The Riviera Affair" was used for many years as the theme to "The 4 O'Clock Movie" on New York station WOR-TV (Channel 9) from 1975 to 1982.

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