THE MAN behind the best-known TV theme tune in the land is possibly the most famous anonymous trumpet player in the world.
But not any more. For the trumpet solo that sparks kettles into action in time for Coronation Street is Wilmslow’s very own Dave Browning.
The 73-year-old brass musician, of Rotherwood Road, recorded the theme tune to Britain’s best loved soap in 1964 and it still going strong forty years on.
He said: “They thought about up-dating it from time to time, but it’s always been decided to stay with the original that people know and love.”
The father-of-one was just 24-years-old when he was first approached to record the theme in 1960.
His reputation as a professional trumpet player had bought him to the attention of TV bosses at Granada who put him on the “first call” list.
He said: “If they wanted a trumpet player I was top of the list. I was part of the furniture at Granada for thirty years.”
From his privileged position, Dave has recorded some of the best known TV and radio themes, including The Archers, Opportunity Knocks with Hughie Green, New Faces and The Golden Shot.
“I have done well over 2,000 TV shows and 10,000 broadcasts,” he said. “Some people in the business call me the most famous anonymous player in the world.
“Most people say they just hear the band or they hear the orchestra but don’t know who it is.”
In a career spanning 50 years, the former music professor has held teaching posts at Salford University and the Paul McCartney fame academy in Liverpool.
He has also played alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Paul and Linda McCartney, Andy Williams, Elma Bernstein, Tony Bennett and Henry Mancicni to name but a few.
But Dave remains down to earth about the achievements he’s chalked up over the years.
“It is the only thing I am any good at and the only thing I wanted to do. The business has changed a bit but they always do.”
And as for his wife Iris and daughter Julie, he said: “I’m sure they are quietly quite proud of me but they wouldn’t admit it in a million years.”
Trumpeter Dave blows the lid on famous career
Instruments: Trumpet, Cornet, Flugel Horn, Piccolo Trumpet, Piano
Biography: Former BBC Northern Dance Orchestra, BBC MRO, BBC SRO, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Joe Loss Orchestra, John Dankworth Band, Maynard Ferguson Band, ABC TV Orchestra, Hallle, John Patrick ATV Orchestra and West End theatres
MU Jazz Section: Yes. MU branch: Manchester.
Over the 40 years I have been in business in Manchester,I have met Dave quite a few times. It would be good to know how he is these days?
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to hear Dave & jiggs wigham on the same set?