Born: October 5th, 1930, London (United Kingdom)
Died: August 10th, 2020, Carmarthen, Wales (United Kingdom)
As a child, Derrick Martin ‘Del’ Newman studied the piano and violoncello. After a spell with the Royal Navy he studied at universities in Exeter and London and entered Trinity College of Music in London, where he concentrated on composition and conducting. In the 1970s and 1980s, Newman worked as an arranger in the recording studio, with several hits to his credit, e.g. ‘Lady d’Arbanville’ by Cat Stevens, ‘Daniel’ by Elton John, ‘Just when I needed you most’ by Randy Vanwarmer, and ‘She’ by Charles Aznavour. He also wrote orchestrations for Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, and many more. In 2010, he published an autobiography entitled ‘A Touch from God: it’s only Rock and Roll’.
Del Newman, who in the early 1980s occasionally worked for Italian television (‘Premiatissima’), conducted the 1980 Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Non so che darei’, composed and performed by Alan Sorrenti. The orchestration was written by Matteo Saggese. This Italian song finished sixth.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Del Newman will be published on this website
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