Saturday 3 May 1997


Born: June 21st, 1948, Sunderland, England (United Kingdom)
Nationality: British

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


After having studied English and music at the University of Nottingham, Don Airey successfully took a diploma in the piano at the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1974, he moved to London, where he played in several bands: Hammer, Rainbow, and the jazz ensemble Colosseum II. In the recording studio or on stage, he played as a keyboardist with the likes of Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osborne, Judas Priest, and ELO. Since 2001, when he joined Deep Purple, he has toured the world with this band.


Besides playing as a session musician on the single recording of ‘Love Shine A Light’, Don Airey arranged and conducted the live version for Katrina & The Waves. With a landslide, this band won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, representing the United Kingdom.


Country – United Kingdom
Song title – "Love Shine A Light"
Rendition  Katrina & The Waves (KATW = Katrina Leskanich / Vince de la Cruz / Alex Cooper / Phil Nichol)
Lyrics – Kimberley Rew
Composition – Kimberley Rew
Studio arrangement – Mike Nocito
Live orchestration – Don Airey 
Conductor – Don Airey
Score – 1st place (227 votes)

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