Alyn AinsworthBorn: August 24th, 1924, Bolton (United Kingdom)
Died: October 4th, 1990, London (United Kingdom)
Alyn Ainsworth was the musical director of ‘A song for Europe’, the UK Eurovision heats, in 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979 and – with the exception of the last-mentioned year – accompanied the winners of these competitions to the Eurovision Song Contest: ‘Let me be the one’ by The Shadows (1975), Eurovision winner ‘Save your kisses for me’ by Brotherhood of Man (1976), and ‘The bad old days’ by CoCo (1978). In ’79, Ken Jones replaced Ainsworth for the international final. In 1977, when the contest was held in London and both the preselection and the contest itself were supervised by BBC’s own musical director, Ronnie Hazlehurst, Alyn Ainsworth helped out the Belgian delegation by conducting ‘A million in 1, 2, 3’ for Dream Express, which came seventh. In 1990, only a couple of months before he passed away, Ainsworth returned to the contest, conducting the UK entry ‘Give a little love back to the world’, composed by Paul Curtis and sung by Emma.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Alyn Ainsworth will be published on this website