Made famous by the boy band ‘Take That’, this fantastic new angle on the song from Lucy Pankhurst, creatively features the flugel and tenor horn section with full support from the accompanying band.
Take That’s Gary Barlow wrote ‘A Million Love Songs‘ when he was 15. He also recorded a rough demo of the track, and was one of the songs he gave to music manager Nigel Martin-Smith on a cassette tape as part of his audition to join a boy-band. In his autobiography A Better Me, Gary revealed that Martin-Smith was so impressed by the tape, that he didn’t realise it was Gary singing. As legend has it, the conversation went like this:
Martin-Smith: “This tape, who has written the songs?”
Martin-Smith: “Who wrote the words, then?”
Barlow: “Me. And the music and the backing track.”
Martin-Smith: “Wow, you’d better come back and see me tomorrow.”
The ballad became one of the group’s most popular songs, and is often voted among the greatest love songs of all time. It peaked at No. 7 in the UK charts, and remains a firm favourite, not just for its sentiment, but for the beautiful melody Barlow created.
Lucy’s arrangement for brass band brings a whole new dynamic to the music and offers the flugelhorn and tenor horns a golden opportunity to shine.