Pianist and composer
Kenny Clayton took his first piano lesson at seven. By the age of eleven he had passed all eight grades in piano examination and went on to study at
Trinity Music College, London. By the age of twenty-one Kenny became a professional musician.
In the late fifties Kenny firmly established himself as a working pianist and accompanied Alma Cogan and Terry Dean on a tour of the Empire Theatres as well as working in cabaret with Shani Wallis, Jeannie Carson, Libby Morris and Joan Turner.
Having achieved success on the popular UK variety circuit, Kenny was quickly signed to EMI / Parlophone and released his first single; Tenerife and String Gloves both produced by Walter Ridley. Kenny premiered his new single in 1961 by performing a solo spot on the British TV music series Thank Your Lucky Stars.
Throughout the sixties and seventies Kenny became musical director and arranger for a number of popular singing stars that included:
Petula Clark, Dick Haymes, Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Robin Gibb, Cilla Black, Charles Aznavour, Sacha Distel, Roger
As a composer, Kenny has scored the following films: The Ragman's Daughter, The Pied Piper, The 14, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, The Savage Hunt
and the last Morecambe and Wise film Night Train To
His theatre credits as musical director and arranger include
No Strings, Privates On Parade, Billy, Song & Dance, Someone Like You and
Kenny has composed, scored and recorded much incidental music for spoken word albums including such titles as The Secret Garden (read by Glenda Jackson), Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (read by Tom Baker), Puckoon (read by Spike Milligan) and Black Beauty (read by Angela Rippon). For Peter O'Toole, Kenny composed incidental music to accompany his readings of Shakespeare Ballads and Sonnets.
The Kenny Clayton Trio released two albums dedicated to and playing the songs associated with Frank Sinatra. These albums are entitled: Nice 'N Easy and All The Way. Kenny has also recorded on several occasions with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who also commissioned him to write the nine minute Tone Poem, Il Palio Di Siena.
For television, Kenny has worked as a musical director and accompanist on several series and specials across the world. These include Shirley Bassey and Count Basie's Something Special (for NBC), Petula Clark's Traces Of Love (for ATV), The Vocal Touch - Anita Harris (for BBC2) and the original series Company & CO (for BBC2), Coming Next (for Channel 4) and Lilly Live (for LWT).
Kenny has composed the music for original stage musicals that include:
Bertie (with Mike Margolis), Oedipus; Ring Your Mother, Box and The Mistress (with Bruce