Jeffrey "Jeff" Wayne is a musician mostly known for his musical version of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. He also wrote several advertising jingles in the 1970s which appeared on television in the United Kingdom, notably the Gordon's Gin commercial, which was then covered by The Human League. Other well-known themes he wrote include Good Morning Britain (TV-am) and London's LBC radio.
Four years later they returned to New York. Wayne graduated from Stephen Halsey Jr. High and then attended Forest Hills High School for one year (including playing for its tennis team), before moving to California. He graduated from Grant High School, then from Los Angeles Valley College with a journalism degree. He also played keyboards in local bands and coached tennis to support himself through those years. After completing his journalism degree he switched to music, and played keyboards briefly with the Sandpipers.
In 1992 Jeff Wayne released Spartacus, his first major release since The War of the Worlds. It had many of the ingredients for success: a stellar cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Marillion's Fish; a libretto by Gary Osborne, who had produced most of the haunting lyrics of The War of the Worlds; and a story combining powerful themes of oppression, desperation, love and death. Despite its potential, however, the album was a disappointment both artistically and commercially, with none of the engaging musicality or novel orchestration of The War of the Worlds.
In 1998, Jeff Wayne was involved in producing Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, a PC computer game including 45 minutes of music from his Musical Version of The War of the Worlds which was re-scored and remixed in a newer electronica style with techno beats.
In 2004, Jeff Wayne and Ollie Record Productions began work on a feature-length animated CGI film version of his Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, slated for release in 2007. The $48 million project will make use of both state-of-the-art CGI and motion capture technology.
In the summer of 2005 following over a year's work remixing (stereo and surround sound), repackaging and remastering, The War of The Worlds was re-released in the UK and Internationally. The album became one of the big hits of the year occupying 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the UK Album charts. The new release pushed sales to 3 million double albums in the UK, and approaching 14 million worldwide. It is now in the upper ends of the all-time best selling list since charts began, as well as amongst the elite of the longest running albums in chart history.
Also In 2005 it was announced that the musical would be going on a UK tour in April 2006. After the 2006 tour, the live show was taken to Australia and New Zealand before returning to further dates in the UK during December 2007. The show, produced by Damian Collier made use of a 10-piece band and a 48-piece string orchestra, as well as voice actors, screen projected images and animatronics to recreate the original album on stage. Universal Pictures released a DVD of the show, filmed at Wembley Arena using 23 high definition cameras and directed by David Mallet.
His first television series, The Book of Tennis Chronicles, began broadcasting worldwide in 2005 (distributed by Fox Sports) and parallels the lives and tribulations of the greatest tennis players, and events, set against the most dramatic and quirky moments in world history, starting in 1877 and up to present time. Wayne created and produced the 8 half-hours series as well as scoring its music. The series was Executive Produced by Damian Collier, Jeff Wayne's producing partner.
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