Colin Frechter was educated at Aldenham School, Elstree. Between 1958 and 1961, he served in the RAF, playing the clarinet in No. 2 Regional Band, based in Changi, Singapore. Upon his return to Britain, he worked as an arranger and producer in the recording studio, working with The Troggs on many occasions – he was both backing vocalist and musical director of their monster hit ‘Wild thing’. As an arranger and MD, Frechter worked with Sacha Distel, Faith Brown, the Bay City Rollers, Stephanie De-Sykes, David Martin, Mariska Veres, and many more. He composed and arranged TV jingles and film scores (e.g. ‘Sell out’). Between 2004 and 2007, Frechter lived and worked in Spain.
In the 1970s, Colin Frechter wrote the live arrangement for two United Kingdom entries, both conducted by Alyn Ainsworth: ‘Save your kisses for me’ (Brotherhood of Man), which won the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, and ‘The bad old days’ (CoCo), the 1978 effort. In 1986, he made his only appearance as a conductor, but it was for the Portuguese entry ‘Não sejas mau p’ra mim’, which was sung by Dora and finished 14th.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Colin Frechter will be published on this website
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