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Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter, Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

At the age of 82, British composer Alan Blaikley, who co-wrote songs for Elvis Presley with his lifelong friend Ken Howard, passed away.

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Alan, a songwriter, and composer went away during the night on July 4 after being in a care facility due to “limited mobility.” His death has no known reason.

He said: “I’ve known Alan since we were seven years old at school together, at University College School in Hampstead.

“We were instantly great friends and remained so until now. The songwriting partnership was always a huge pleasure for us both and enabled us to reach a great many people with the songs.

“I will miss him particularly, not only as a songwriting colleague but as a great friend.”

Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

With his boyhood friend Ken, Alan is best known for penning several international songs in the 1960s and 1970s.

The pair wrote the UK number ones including Have I the Right, performed by the Honeycombs, and The Legend of Xanadu, performed by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Alan (left) and Ken were lifelong friends and had a successful songwriting career together

Alan (left) and Ken were lifelong friends and had a successful songwriting career together ( Image: Ken Howard)

Alan and Ken were the first British composers to write for Elvis Presley

Alan and Ken were the first British composers to write for Elvis Presley (Image: Getty Images)

Alan and Ken were also the first British composers to write for Elvis Presley and were behind the hit tune I’ve Lost You, which Elvis later performed in the film That’s The Way It Is.

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They also wrote another song for the King of Rock n’ Roll in collaboration with Geoff Stephens called Heart of Rome, which was featured on the album Love Letters from Elvis.

“Elvis Presley was always our great hero in our school days – the beginning of Rock n’ Roll and all that.

Alan and Ken also worked on the award-winning scores for Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

Alan and Ken also worked on the award-winning scores for Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple 

Alan Blaikley, Elvis Presley Hit Songwriter, Dies at 82, Co-writer Pays Heartfelt Tribute

Alan and Ken went on to expand their writing ventures and wrote the scores for two West End musicals; Mardi Gras, which ran for 210 performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, which occupied the Wyndham Theatre for nearly a year and a half.

During Alan’s successful career, he also contributed to award-winning scores for TV and film with his lifelong pal Ken for shows including Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, The Flame Trees of Thika, and By The Sword Divided.

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Alan also had a keen interest in psychology and he trained as a psychotherapist in the 1970s at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.

He ran a successful private practice for many years alongside his musical work.


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