Theme From Z-Cars – Johnny Keating (1962)

£49.95

An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Theme From Z-Cars by Johnny Keating. The record was released in 1962, on the Piccadilly record label and has been reworked into the shape of the Watford F.C. home short sleeved soccer / football shirt.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Watford F.C., Hertfordshire, Bill McGarry,  or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a satin black box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Theme From Z-Cars
Media Artist/s: Johnny Keating
Record Label: Piccadilly
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1960s
Genre: Pop / Theme

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Additional information about this, Johnny Keating vinyl art.

Johnny Keating – The Artist/s

John “Johnny” Keating (1927 – 2015) was a Scottish musician, songwriter and arranger. Keating was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. After studying piano and trombone, he taught himself how to arrange and compose in his teens. From 1952, he worked with British big band leader Ted Heath as a trombonist, but within two years Heath asked him to become his primary arranger. In the early 1960s, he and songwriter Johnny Worth (writing as Les Vandyke) masterminded the career of a minor British pop star, Eden Kane. The team wrote and produced a string of British top 10 hits for Kane in 1961-63. In addition he wrote, produced or arranged hits by Adam Faith, Petula Clark, Anthony Newley, Caterina Valente, and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.

Theme From Z-Cars – The Song

“Theme From Z-Cars was the theme tune to the long-running BBC television drama Z-Cars. Based on the traditional folk song “Johnny Todd”, which was in a collection of traditional tunes by Frank Kidson dated 1891 called Traditional Tunes: A Collection of Ballad Airs. The Z-Cars theme tune was arranged for commercial release by Fritz Spiegl and Bridget Fry, and performed by John Keating and his Orchestra.  In 1964 Watford F.C., adopted the tune as it was then manager Bill McGarry’s favourite television programme. It has been played as the players come onto pitch since then. During the rise of the club through the leagues in the 1970s and 1980s, it became associated with the club’s success under manager Graham Taylor.

The Football / Soccer Shirt – The Shape

In association football, kit (also referred to as a strip or uniform) is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. Footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Originally a team of players wore numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding roughly to their playing positions, but at the professional level this has generally been superseded by squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs also usually display players’ surnames or nicknames on their shirts, above their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport and advances in clothing manufacture and printing allowed shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with increasingly colourful and complex designs. With the rise of advertising in the 20th century, sponsors’ logos began to appear on shirts, and replica strips were made available for fans to purchase, generating significant amounts of revenue for clubs.

Watford Football Club is an English professional football club in Watford, Hertfordshire. The club recognises its foundation as 1881, aligned with that of its antecedent, Watford Rovers, and was established as Watford Football Club in 1898. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to Vicarage Road in 1922. Graham Taylor’s tenure as manager at the club between 1977 and 1987 saw Watford rise from the Fourth to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in 1982–83, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford declined between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League for one season in 1999–2000.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm

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