Saturday 19 April 1980


Born: October 5th, 1930, London (United Kingdom)
Died: August 10th, 2020, Carmarthen, Wales (United Kingdom)
Nationality: British

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


As a child, Derrick Martin ‘Del’ Newman studied the piano and violoncello. After a spell with the Royal Navy he studied at universities in Exeter and London and entered Trinity College of Music in London, where he concentrated on composition and conducting. In the 1970s and 1980s, Newman worked as an arranger in the recording studio, with several hits to his credit, e.g. ‘Lady d’Arbanville’ by Cat Stevens, ‘Daniel’ by Elton John, ‘Just When I Needed You Most’ by Randy Vanwarmer, and ‘She’ by Charles Aznavour. He also wrote orchestrations for Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, and many more. In 2010, he published an autobiography entitled ‘A Touch From God: It’s Only Rock And Roll’.


Del Newman, who in the early 1980s occasionally worked for Italian television (Premiatissima), orchestrated and conducted the 1980 Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Non so che darei’, composed and performed by Alan Sorrenti. This Italian song finished in sixth place.


Country – Italy
Song title – "Non so che darei"
Rendition – Alan Sorrenti
Lyrics – Alan Sorrenti
Composition – Alan Sorrenti
Studio arrangement – Jay Graydon / Alan Sorrenti / Del Newman
Live orchestration – Del Newman
Conductor – Del Newman
Score – 6th place (87 votes)

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