West End show Dreamboats & Petticoats launches new song-writing competition

Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre

Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre

1960’s song-writing legends Graham Gouldman and Don Black have teamed up with LA pop icon Neil Sedaka to judge a new talent search to find the best aspiring rock ‘n’ roll songwriters in the UK.

Sponsored by West End musical Dreamboats & Petticoats, the competition follows the storyline of the show, about a national youth song writing search in 1961.

Winners of the competition, who must be aged 18 or over, will have their song published by Universal Music and featured in the Dreamboats & Petticoats show at the Playhouse Theatre. Also the song will feature as a bonus track on Dreamboats & Petticoats 5 which will be released in November 2011.

The judges of the competition are some of our greatest living song-writing talents. Don Black’s career includes hits for stars including Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams, an Oscar for his song Born Free, theme songs for 5 Bond films including Diamonds Are Forever, and lyrics for a number of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals including Sunset Boulevard and Song and Dance.

Graham Gouldman has written some of the biggest pop hits, from Bus Stop for The Hollies in the 1960’s to I’m Not In Love and Rubber Bullets, which he co-wrote for his band 10cc in the 1970’s, to McFly’s I’ve Got You. Neil Sedaka is one of the most successful singer/song-writers of all time with hits including Oh! Carol, Solitaire, Calendar Girl, Laughter In the Rain, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Is This The Way to Amarillo.

Don Black said, “When I saw Dreamboats and Petticoats I loved it – the songs from the era are pure and distilled. I immediately said yes to this opportunity and hope that we can provide young hopefuls with a new channel besides the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.”

To enter, submit an MP3 demo of the song on the Dreamboats & Petticoats Facebook page. The competition closes at 9am on 31st March 2011.

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