Alan Tarney



Alan Tarney was born at Northside, Workington.

From 1973 to 1977 he was a member of The Shadows, playing bass guitar.

As a teenager Alan emigrated to Adelaide in Australia.

There he met up with Trevor Spencer.

Their first major band together was The James Taylor Move.

They both moved back to the UK in 1969 and formed a band called Quartet.

When Quartet broke up in 1970 they became session musicians and songwriters for top acts including Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton John.

In 1973 he joined The Shadows on bass.

Alan backed all three of the above at the Eurovision Song contests of 1973, 1974 and 1975.

In 1979 Alan wrote and arranged the Cliff Richard No.1 "We Don't Talk Anymore".

This led to him becoming producer of Cliff's next few albums.

He was also behind albums such as I'm No Hero (1980) and Wired for Sound (1981).

At this time he also wrote and produced artists such as Barbara Dickson and Leo Sayer with their hit singles "January February" and "More Than I Can Say".

Alan had further success with Norwegian group a-ha, producing the second version of their first single "Take On Me". The song became a massive worldwide hit and he went on to produce the group's first three albums.

He also produced David Cassidy 's comeback 1985 album Romance, which included the top ten hit "The Last Kiss".


Norwegian group a-ha

Tarney Spencer