Sunday 11 April 1971


Born: March 10th, 1924, Leeds, England (United Kingdom)
Died: January 14th, 2009, Scottsdale, Arizona (United States)
Nationality: British

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


In the 1950s and 1960s, Wally Stott was one of the most in-demand arrangers in the London recording studios, working with the likes of Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey. Moreover, he composed and arranged music for various radio shows, most importantly Hancock’s Half Hour. In 1972, he underwent a sex reassignment surgery in the USA and became Angela Morley. She worked as a film composer and as such, wrote the music to The Little Prince and The Slipper And The Rose, both of which were nominated for an Oscar. She also composed part of the score for Watership Down. In the 1980s, she wrote numerous arrangements for the Boston Pops Orchestra.


Wally Stott's first Eurovision involvement was a quirky one - in 1960, when the festival was held in London, Robert Stolz commissioned him to write the orchestration to Austria's entry, 'Du hast mich so fasziniert', composed and conducted by the old maestro Stolz himself. 

Two years later, Stott was back - this time as a conductor himself for Ronnie Carroll, an artist he worked with regularly in those days in the recording studio. When Carroll was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 in Luxembourg, it was Stott who accompanied him to the festival as his conductor. Carroll’s ‘Ring-A-Ding girl’ came 4th. 

One year later, Ronnie Carroll again won the British preselection and once again, his song (this time ‘Say Wonderful Things’) was orchestrated by Wally Stott. That year, however, the international final was organised in London and the UK entry was conducted by the musical director of the broadcast, Eric Robinson.


Country – Austria
Song title – “Du hast mich so fasziniert”
Rendition – Horst 'Harry' Winter
Lyrics – Robert Gilbert
Composition – Robert Stolz
Studio arrangement – none
Live orchestration – Wally Stott
Conductor – Robert Stolz
Score – 7th place (6 votes)

Country – United Kingdom
Song title – "Ring-A-Ding Girl"
Rendition – Ronnie Carroll
Lyrics – Syd Cordell
Composition – Stan Butcher
Studio arrangement – Wally Stott
(studio orchestra conducted by Wally Stott)
Live orchestration – Wally Stott
Conductor – Wally Stott
Score – 4th place (10 votes)

Country – United Kingdom
Song title – "Say Wonderful Things"
Rendition – Ronnie Carroll
Lyrics – Norman Newell
Composition – Philip Green
Studio arrangement – Wally Stott
(studio orchestra conducted by Wally Stott)
Live orchestration – Wally Stott
Conductor – Eric Robinson (MD)
Score – 4th place (28 votes)


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