Mike Moran

Born 4 March 1948.

keyboardist, songwriter, film and TV composer, producer

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UK Entry 1977

Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran perform the 1977 UK Eurovision entry "Rock Bottom".

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Biography

Michael (Mike) Moran (born 4 March 1948, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is a keyboard musician, songwriter and record producer.

Moran studied at the Royal College of Music in London prior to becoming a session musician and composer / arranger, including music for films such as Time Bandits and The Missionary. He also played with the Ian Gillan Band.

"Rock Bottom" which he wrote in partnership with Lynsey de Paul, was the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, and put him in the spotlight for the first time. Although leading early on in the voting, the song eventually came second in the Contest. Nevertheless, it went on to become a Top 20 hit in many European countries including France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it reached the top of their singles chart. It was more successful in Continental Europe than in its country of origin, the United Kingdom.

De Paul and Moran went on to write a number of songs such as "Let Your Body Go Downtown", a Top 40 hit for the Martyn Ford Orchestra, and the follow-up "Going to a Disco", as well as "Without You", and "Now and Then", which appeared on the de Paul albums Tigers and Fireflies and Just a Little Time, respectively.

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