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Shakin Stevens producer Stuart Colman dies

By | Published on Monday 23 April 2018

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Record producer Stuart Colman died last week aged 74. The British musician and producer, who was also a member of 1960s band Assorted Colours, worked with over hundred artists over his long career, producing 33 hit singles.

He produced a number of records for Shakin Stevens – including chart toppers ‘This Ole House’ and ‘Green Door’ – plus tracks released in aid Comic Relief, such as the 1986 version of Cliff Richard’s ‘Living Doll’ that also featured The Young Ones, and Mel Smith and Kim Wilde’s cover of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’.

His tie up with Comic Relief was perhaps apt given Colman’s belief that “rock n roll should never take itself too seriously”.

In his obituary of Colman for The Independent, Spencer Leigh recalls how the producer once said of his music: “It is not art school and it has not gone to university. It is a fun thing and I try to inject fun into it. The TV producer Jack Good told me that he loved my records with Shakin Stevens because Shaky laughs and chuckles in them and you can tell he is having a good time”.



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