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It’s 1955. Tim hears American radio for the first time in his life - in Japan - and is immediately captivated by radio, hit records, and the charts. And religion, sort of.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim takes a further look at the original Joseph album that he and Andrew recorded in 1968, criticises his own lyrics (but not too harshly), plays the rarely heard second Pharaoh song and how Children of Israel became Children of Kindness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim tackles one of the questions he’s most often asked - would you change any of your old lyrics if you could, or if you were writing them now? Well, yes and no. He investigates changes he could have made to the very first album of any show written by him and Andrew Lloyd Webber - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - back in 1968 when 4 track-tape was about as sophisticated as it got. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
West End Superstar

West End Superstar

2022-03-2224:35

Tim recalls, as best he can, the events, the performers, the panics, leading up to the London début of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972, after the show had already played in five foreign countries. He pays tribute to John Fogerty of Creedence as lyricist (well, one line in particular) and travelling companion. He apologises for missing out a few Sods from Episode 60. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sodcast

Sodcast

2022-03-1629:49

Tim discusses the Society of Distinguished Songwriters, the SODS, having recently celebrated their half-century. Founded by Mitch Murray in 1971, the Sods have had literally hundreds of hits around the world. You may not know all their names but you’ll certainly know their songs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All At Sea

All At Sea

2022-03-0725:18

On a cruise ship for two weeks, Tim recently presented a live concert of some of his most popular numbers of the past half century to a literally captive audience. He answers some of the questions the passengers asked him and plays compositions written with the Abba lads, ALW and Stuart Brayson, including one that has new relevance at the moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trouble With The Law

Trouble With The Law

2022-02-1423:57

Tim recalls his tragic exit from the legal profession and his good fortune in having his brilliant idea for a book on the history of the pop charts rejected. Plus the first ever recording of Any Dream Will Do.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joseph on Broadway

Joseph on Broadway

2022-02-1323:40

Having realised just in time that January 2022 marked 40 years since Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat first hit Broadway, Tim pays tribute to the excellent 1982 company, on and off stage, which eventually inspired countless professional productions of the work in North America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim recalls his enthusiasms from ages 0-10: his parents’ record collection, his stamp collection, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Eagle. Plus how stars of Grab Me A Gondola also starred in Joseph and Chess. And Turkish Delight from Eartha Kitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim celebrates the recent 50th anniversary release of an all-singing all-dancing box set featuring the original 1969/70 Studio recordings of Jesus Christ Superstar, released a mere one year late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Russia With Chess

From Russia With Chess

2022-01-1024:31

Tim relates the story of the international travels and travails of Chess on stage and in concert in the 38 years since he, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson produced the original recording of the musical drama. He plays three songs performed by the current Moscow Chess cast.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Return of Aida?

The Return of Aida?

2021-12-2329:01

Tim reveals new plans for his musical with Sir Elton, Aida, their quadruple Tony-winning musical on Broadway, with music from Elton and Guiseppe (Verdi). Will it finally come to London? Plus Rice sings Nesmith in tribute to the late Michael, one of Tim's favourite composers, country rockers and Monkees.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim returns to regular podcasting with news of the return of From Here To Eternity, his musical written with Stuart Brayson. Featured: a couple of songs from the show’s West End cast album and a sample of early Brayson. And could/should the show be called The Boys Of 41? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mantelpiece 2

Mantelpiece 2

2021-04-1926:01

Tim’s 50th podcast, like his first, draws inspiration from the strange collection of objects and paraphernalia on one of his mantelpieces. He recalls the wonderful Broadway star Laurie Beechman, anticipates the forthcoming 51st anniversary re-issue of Jesus Christ Superstar, celebrates the 50th anniversary of a Welltron 8-track tape player/radio and premieres a brand new song written with Gary Barlow. And thus ends the first series of Get Onto My Cloud.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EMI Days

EMI Days

2021-04-1226:15

Tim talks about his first proper job in the entertainment business - a management trainee at EMI Records in the Swinging 60s. He produced his first singles (flops) but learned the recording studio ropes, and met an artist with whom he was to have a long and successful musical relationship (and friendship) in later years - Murray Head. He plays some of those early efforts which were great training for the JC Superstar album a few years down the line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gee Seven

Gee Seven

2021-04-0522:44

The planned revivals of Aida and From Here To Eternity are still stymied but Tim has written a new song inspired by the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.  Imaginatively entitled Gee Seven it pays tribute to that magic number rather than to the soon-to-be-assembled throng of world leaders, but does contain advice which they will surely appreciate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim looks back at the 1973 Norman Jewison film of Jesus Christ Superstar, and in particular at the great contributions from Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. He has just about got over the rejection of his screenplay and André Previn’s contributions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For a while Tim thought that the best follow-up to JC Superstar would be a musical based on Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. Turned out not to be a good idea.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chess On Broadway

Chess On Broadway

2021-03-1523:33

Tim recalls the ups and mainly downs of Chess on the great White Way in 1988. He was abandoned in a remote lay-by, Inspiring a film starring Bob Geldof, and lost a packet when the show closed after eight weeks. But a couple of great new songs were added to the already very popular score.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim wrestles with the eternal songwriter’s dilemma - which comes first, the words of the music? Andrew Lloyd Webber generally liked music first, Elton John always the words first. Dipping into songs from his first ever musical with Andrew and into the Lion King score he wrote with Elton, Tim attempts to see which way round works best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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