Since the late Sixties Doug has enjoyed a significant career as a Songwriter.
Working with his long-time collaborator Guy Fletcher their songs have
been recorded by scores of International stars including some of the
defining icons of 20th century Popular Music such as Elvis Presley, Ray
Charles, Joe Cocker and Tom Jones. Doug is proud to have received
both Ivor Novello and ASCAP awards.
Writing across most musical genres Doug is currently developing a project
for the Musical Theatre. His independent Publishing Company is
Dreamtime Music Limited, representing his copyright interest in all his
works written over the last two decades.
Doug’s “Fallen Angel” a former hit for Frankie Valli is featured in the
acclaimed , multi -award winning Broadway Musical “Jersey Boys”.
There are now six companies playing to delighted audiences across the
World. The latest show to open to rave reviews is in Melbourne, Australia. Doug has long been active in Music Industry Writers Organisations, and currently serves on The Songwriters Executive of the ‘new’
BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
Championing the craft of songwriting Doug says, “At this time volatile and
dynamic changes are taking place across the planet, in Society, the opaque
and manipulated world of Banking & Finance, in Politics and the Environment too. Seemingly an Epoch ending paradigm shift is underway; an old outdated clique to which powerful, vested interest groups cling, and a challenging New Order, already impatient for change waits at the gate.” “I believe it is essential that composers and songwriters send out a message loud and clear, that the Song remains at the very heart of our Industry. Music is to be respected and its useage paid for on a transparent and equitable basis.
I urge creators of music to support their Academy in order that we can extend the work we do on your behalf, both domestically and across Europe. A talented and dedicated team work tirelessly to safeguard Creators’ rights. Don’t trash your work, nurture it. Take pride in what you do. Receive your due reward. A song is a mysterious thing often developing a life of its own. Honour and protect that.”