22 March 1948, London, England. The Sir Arthur Sullivan of the rock age was born the son of a Royal College of Music professor and a piano teacher. His inbred musical strength manifested itself in a command of piano, violin and French horn by the time he had spent a year at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he penned The Likes Of Us with lyricist (and law student) Tim Rice. As well as his liking for modern composers such as Hindemith, Ligeti and Penderecki, this first musical also revealed a captivation with pop music that surfaced even more when he and Rice collaborated in 1967 on Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a liberal adaptation of the scriptures. Mixing elements of psychedelia, country and French chanson, it was first performed at a London school in 1968 before reaching a more adult audience, via fringe events, the West End theatre (starring Paul Jones, Jess Conrad and Maynard Williams), an album, and, in 1972, national...
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