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Eric Woolfson

Eric Woolfson

(1945 – 2009)

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Eric Woolfson

Eric Woolfson
(1945 – 2009)

In memory of

Eric Woolfson

(1945 – 2009)
About Eric
This is an online memorial in memory of Eric Woolfson. He was a Scottish lead singer, songwriter and lyricist, executive producer, pianist, and co-founder of The Alan Parsons Project.
After splitting up with Alan Parsons during the recording of Freudiana, Eric Woolfson pursued musical theatre. His works have mainly been performed in Germany and Austria, but have also been heard in Korea and Japan.
Eric Woolfson, who belonged to a Jewish family, was born in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow and raised in the Pollokshields area.
He started composing music in his early teens. He moved to London where he found work as a session pianist, at the age of 18. The record producer for the Rolling Stones, Andrew
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Oldham, signed him up as a songwriter. During the following years, Woolfson wrote songs for such artists as Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Joe Dassin, The Tremeloes, Marmalade, Dave Berry, and Peter Noone. His songs were recorded by over 100 artists both in Europe and America. During the '60s he worked with two then-unknown writers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
In 1971, with the assistance of Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and Graham Gouldman (who later became 10cc), a single was produced under the name of Eric Elder ("San Tokay" b/w "Sunflower"). Eric Woolfson then produced a single by Graham Gouldman ("Nowhere To Go" b/w "Growing Older").
In the early '70s, Eric turned his hand to management
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and was instantly successful. His first two signings were Carl Douglas (whose record Kung Fu Fighting was one of the biggest selling hits of all time) and engineer/record producer Alan Parsons.
In 1975, Eric Woolfson joined forces with record producer Alan Parsons who was a recording engineer on many Beatles and Paul McCartney albums as well as having engineered Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.
Eric and Alan formed a new kind of collaboration that would allow Parson’s engineering skills to be used to the fullest extent while allowing Woolfson to exploit his talents as a songwriter and lyricist. The Alan Parsons Project was born, the name originally being intended as a working title
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for their collaborative project. From 1976 to 1987, Woolfson and Parsons collaborated on the conception and lyrics for all ten albums by The Alan Parsons Project, which have achieved world-wide sales in excess of 40 million.
On every Project album, Woolfson would sing a guide vocal track for each song, which the album's eventual lead vocalists would use as a reference. Some of these tracks can be heard on the new remastered editions of various Project albums released in 2007. Woolfson himself was the actual singer on many of the Project's biggest hits, such as "Time", "Don't Answer Me" and the band's signature tune "Eye in the Sky", which spent several weeks in the Top 3 of Billboard's Hot 100 in 1982.
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/>Eric Woolfson passed away on December 2, 2009. His passing was announced by the following message posted on his official Facebook page: "We are very sad to have to tell you that Eric Woolfson passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long and brave battle with cancer. He very much enjoyed seeing all your kind comments and posts on this Facebook page and his family wanted to thank you for your appreciation of his work.".
This online tribute is in honour of Eric Woolfson, his life and his acheivements. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 5th Dec 2009
Stephen Cooke
wrote:
Some of the greatest discoveries in life remain little-known and behind-the-scenes; you were one of them, Mr. Woolfson. You were undoubtedly my #1 musical inspiration. What an amazing, imaginative writing talent you were...I have taken in your musical visions with utter delight from Tales of Mystery all the way to Freudiana, even though you considered this era of your life to be your lesser work. "Time, flowing like a river"...your gentle voice and your creativity
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Stephen Cooke
message continued:
were indeed timeless. It has been said that your personal disposition was as admirable as your music. Farewell for now, Eric, and thanks for the quality, top-shelf material you turned out for us all...although I never saw you perform or met you in person, I hope to see you in the afterlife.
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Eric Woolfson

This is an online memorial in memory of Eric Woolfson. He was a Scottish lead singer, songwriter and lyricist, executive producer, pianist, and co-founder of The Alan Parsons Project.
After splitting up with Alan Parsons during the recording of Freudiana, Eric Woolfson pursued musical theatre. His works have mainly been performed in Germany and Austria, but have also been heard in Korea and Japan.
Eric Woolfson, who belonged to a Jewish family, was born in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow and raised in the Pollokshields area.
He started composing music in his early teens. He moved to London where he found work as a session pianist, at the age of 18. The record producer for the Rolling Stones, Andrew...

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