|Birth name||Philip Coulter|
|Born||19 February 1942|
|Origin||Derry, Northern Ireland|
|Genre(s)||Folk, pop, traditional Irish|
|Years active||1967 - present|
Phil Coulter (born 19 February 1942) is a Northern Irish songwriter, pianist and music producer. Events 197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Popular music is Music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more Irish Music is the generic term for music that has been created in various genres on the entire island of Ireland, North and South of the border A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Events 197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both A pianist (/'piənɪst/ is a Musician who plays the Piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces play with an ensemble or Orchestra In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing With his writing partner Bill Martin he penned numerous hit songs for a variety of popular singers in the 1960s and 1970s, and in the 1980s scored major successes performing his own material. Bill Martin (born William Wylie Macpherson, 9 November 1938, Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish Songwriter, A Hit record is a Sound recording, usually in the form of a single or Album, that sells a large number of copies or otherwise becomes broadly popular or A song is a Musical composition. Songs contain vocal parts that are performed 'sung' and generally feature Words ( Lyrics) commonly followed The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. He continues to be a popular performer in his native country and around the world.
One of Coulter's most popular songs, "The Town I Loved So Well", deals with the embattled city of his youth, filled with "that damned barbed wire" during The Troubles. "The Town I Loved So Well" is a song written by Phil Coulter about his childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland. Another of his compositions, "Scorn Not His Simplicity", pleas for tolerance and understanding of his son, who was born with Down's syndrome. Down syndrome, Down's syndrome, or trisomy 21 is a Chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome.
Coulter's father, also called Phil, encouraged music in the house. He played the fiddle whilst his wife played the upright piano — a Challen piano, which the son recalls was "the most important piece of furniture in the house". The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers
Coulter spent his secondary school years at St. Columb's College, whose other past pupils include playwright Brian Friel, Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, writer and literature professor Seamus Deane, author and military historian Richard Doherty, and Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume. Nobel Prize winners The school is one of the few schools in the world that can claim two Nobel laureates amongst its Alumni: Seamus Heaney Brian Friel (born 9 January 1929) is a playwright and more recently director of his own works from Northern Ireland who now resides in County Donegal The Nobel Prize in Literature (Nobelpriset i litteratur is awarded annually since 1901 to an author from any country who has in the words from the will of Alfred Seamus Deane (born 1940 in Derry, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Poet, Critic and Novelist. Richard Doherty is a Military historian and Author from Derry and educated at St The Nobel Peace Prize ( Swedish, Danish and Nobels fredspris is one of five Nobel Prizes Bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor John Hume (born 18 January 1937) is a former Politician in Northern Ireland, founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
He later studied music at the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB), but did not complete his degree. Queen's University Belfast is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He started his first band there, playing early rock and roll music and recording two songs for a 'Rag Day' release. Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Coulter and a group of friends also started a Glee Club, and Coulter was playing the piano for eight hundred students on one memorable evening when The Beatles were performing in a nearby Belfast cinema, the Ritz. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Belfast ( is the capital city of Northern Ireland and the seat of government in Northern Ireland. Two students were sent to talk to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to invite them to join the Glee Club. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, In the end they sent the headline performer on the tour, Helen Shapiro, one of whose songs was No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart at that time. Helen Shapiro (born 28 September 1946, Bethnal Green, London Before she was sixteen years old Shapiro had been voted Britain's 'Top In Popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list&mdasha Chart &mdashof top The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry
By 1964, his final year at university, Coulter had already written a couple of hit songs in Ireland and he moved to London, where his first job was as an arranger/songwriter with a music publisher in Denmark Street, London's 'Tin Pan Alley'. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. In Music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing Music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch such A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view Denmark Street is a short narrow road in central London, notable for its connections with British Popular music, and is known as the British Tin Pan Tin Pan Alley is the name given to the collection of New York City -centered music publishers and Songwriters who dominated the popular This lasted a few years.
In the late 1960s, he formed a writing partnership with Bill Martin and from this union several memorable songs would emerge. Bill Martin (born William Wylie Macpherson, 9 November 1938, Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish Songwriter, They wrote Sandie Shaw's Eurovision Song Contest winning entry, "Puppet on a String" (1967), which went on to become an international hit with more than 100 cover versions. Sandie Shaw (born Sandra Ann Goodrich on 26 February 1947) was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s " Puppet on a String " is the name of the Eurovision Song Contest -winning song in 1967 by British singer Sandie Shaw. In Popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition ( Performance or Recording) of a previously recorded commercially released They had another hit in 1968 with a song for Cliff Richard called "Congratulations", which finished 2nd at Eurovision. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. " Congratulations " is a Song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter as the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 They had a further attempt at the contest in 1975, when together with Pierre Cour they wrote Toi for Luxembourg, which placed 5th in Stockholm when performed by Coulter's future wife Geraldine. Pierre Cour (1924–1997 was a French Songwriter who wrote songs for several generations of artists Luxembourg (Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg Grand-Duché de Luxembourg Großherzogtum Luxemburg is a small Landlocked country in Western Europe, bordered by ('stɔkhɔlm is Sweden 's Capital and its largest City. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the parliament, and the They also finished 3rd in the 1978 UK heat A Song for Europe with their entry Shine It On performed by Glaswegian Christian. The Coulter-Martin partnership lasted more than fifteen years. During this time the team wrote for Dana, Richard Harris, Elvis Presley ("My Boy"), and the Bay City Rollers, for whom the team wrote nearly all of the band's hits. Dana Rosemary Scallon (born Rosemary Brown on 30 August 1951 is better known simply as Dana, an Irish singer and former politician Richard St John Harris ( October 1 1930 - October 25 2002) was a two-time Academy Award -nominated and Grammy Award The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish Pop/rock band of the 1970s Coulter and Martin were also among several British musicians who contributed incidental music to the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, the others including Syd Dale, Johnny Pearson and Johnny Hawksworth. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Spider-Man is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The word cartoon has various meanings based on several very different forms of Visual art and Illustration. Syd Dale ( May 20, 1924 – August 15, 1994) was born in York, England. Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925, Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is a British Composer and Pianist. Johnny Hawksworth is a British musician and composer who has lived and worked in Australia since 1984
Coulter also moonlighted as a piano player and worked with such artists as Van Morrison (who gave him the 'Cool Filter' nickname), Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Rolling Stones. George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945 is a Grammy Award -winning Northern Irish Singer, Sir Thomas John Woodward, (born 7 June 1940 known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American Rock and roll and Country music Singer, Songwriter He became friends with Billy Connolly, and in the 1970s became deeply interested in Irish music, the music of his youth. Billy Connolly, CBE (born William Connolly Jr on 24 November, 1942) is a Scottish
He produced three ground-breaking albums with Planxty, which had a seminal influence on modern Irish music, though the albums were not a commercial success. Planxty is an Irish Folk music band formed in the 1970s consisting in its original configuration of Christy Moore (vocals acoustic guitar Christy Moore wrote: "He gave us a shite contract and we signed everything away. Christopher Andrew 'Christy' Moore (born 7 May 1945 in Newbridge County Kildare, Ireland is a popular Irish Folk singer, songwriter and Guitarist. All that said, thirty years on, this album sounds good. He produced it well and . . . he did have the foresight and wherewithal to record the band at a time when no one else was listening". 
He also wrote most of the big hits for not only the Bay City Rollers, but Kenny and Slik among others during the teenybop boom of the 1970s and even appeared as a production credit on "Automatic Lover" by Dee D. Jackson. Kenny was a mid 1970s English pop and Glam rock band. Career Kenny emerged from a North London band called 'Chufff' Slik were a Scottish pop, glam, blubblegum and Soft rock group of the mid 1970s following in the footsteps of the Dee D Jackson (born Deirdre Elaine Cozier 15 July 1954 in Oxford, England) is a Musician and Singer.
Coulter also produced, arranged and wrote most of the "Here and Now" album for the late Joe Dolan in 1983. Joseph "Joe" Francis Robert Dolan ( October 16 1939 &ndash December 26 2007) was an Irish Singer of The album featured several hit singles, not least the Top Ten smash "Deeper and Deeper" which remained a staple in Joe's live sets and was also one of the last songs he performed before he took ill on stage during what turned out to be his last ever show in Abbeyleix. Abbeyleix or Abbeylaois ( is a town in County Laois, Ireland about 14 km from Portlaoise. The album was released in South Africa as "Yours Faitfully" where it went to number one within one week of release. The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa
In 1984 he released a solo instrumental album called Classic Tranquility that featured Irish tunes. In Music, a solo (from the Italian solo, meaning alone) is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer An instrumental is a Musical composition or recording without Lyrics or any other sort of Vocal music; all of the Music is produced by An album or record album is a collection of related audio or Music tracks distributed to the public His follow-up, Sea of Tranquility, did even better, becoming the second-best selling album of all time in Ireland. He moved from London back to Ireland, where he set up a music room and office in his house in Bray, south of Dublin. Bray (Bré formerly Brí Chulainn) is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. He continued to record and perform around the world, notably at the White House on Saint Patrick's Day. See also Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the Official residence Saint Patrick's Day (Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig) colloquially St
In 1995 the Irish Rugby Football Union asked Coulter to write a politically neutral anthem for the Ireland national rugby union team, which represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Rugby Football Union ( IRFU) (Cumann Rugbaí na hÉireann is the body managing Rugby union in Ireland. The Ireland rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in Rugby union, which is a popular sport throughout both the Republic of Ireland and Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. The result was "Ireland's Call". Ireland's Call is a song commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union for use at international Rugby union fixtures (featuring the Ireland national At matches played in the Republic, both "Amhrán na bhFiann" (as the anthem of the host nation) and "Ireland's Call" (as the anthem of the home team) are sung. ga '''''Amhrán na bhFiann''''' ( is the National anthem of Ireland. Elsewhere, "Ireland's Call" is the only anthem used.
Coulter's official website notes that he has some 23 platinum records, thirty-nine gold and fifty-two silver albums. He also keeps one of the walls of his office blank, "to remind me that there’s still room for a lot more. "
Coulter is a former president of Derry City F.C. and is known to be a supporter of the club, having attempted to help the club with its financial problems in the early 2000s. Derry City Football Club ( Cumann Peile Chathair Dhoire, kʊmən̪ˠ pɛlʲə xahəɾʲ ɣɛɾʲə is an Irish football club based in Derry, He has also helped Derry City's local rivals, Finn Harps, in their time of need. Finn Harps Football Club ( Irish: Cumann Peile Chláirsigh na Finne) are an Irish football club playing in the FAI Premier