Robert Sharples

Robert Sharples (2 July 1913 – 8 September 1987) was a British musical conductor, composer and bandleader, whose work encompassed movies and well-known British television programmes in the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Bury, Lancashire, England, Sharples started his musical career in 1934, when he joined the Freddy Platt band at the Carlton Ballroom, Rochdale along with Geoff Love. Sharples played piano, and Love played trombone. In 1963, Sharples conducted the London Festival Orchestra, augmented with military brass band, in a London Records Phase 4 Stereo recording of Tschaikovsky's 1812 Overture, backed with the same composer's Nutcracker Suite, showing his skill as a "light classics" conductor. Among his compositions were the theme music for the long-running series Public Eye, and the early 1970's Thames series, Man At The Top, written under the pseudonym Robert Earley. He is perhaps best known as the musical director on the UK talent show Opportunity Knocks, with host Hughie Green, who routinely referred to him as "Uncle Bob" Sharples.


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