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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 20:25 GMT
Composer reaps 'recognition'
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A composer whose music was used in several film blockbusters without his knowledge stands to earn a fortune from royalties.

As a budding musician in 1972, John Anthony, from Whitefield in Manchester, wrote A Time for Romance and sent it to EMI hoping for fame and fortune.

The track was put on to a library disc and circulated to television, radio and film studios.

But it was not until Mr Anthony and his wife Jean were watching The Full Monty - filmed in 1997 - at home in 1999 that Mrs Anthony recognised the song.

John Anthony
Mr Anthony is enjoying the recognition

Mr Anthony, now 60, said: "We were both sat there and I was reading the newspaper.

"Jean was watching this particular scene when she said to me, 'that's your composition'.

"We stopped the video and played it back and it was."

The composer contacted the Performing Rights Society (PRS), an organisation which ensures musicians receive the correct royalties.

It transpired there were two songs with the same title and all the royalties had been going to the wrong composer.

A spokesman for the PRS said: "We were contacted by Mr Anthony and we investigated the problem.

"When the mistake was discovered we went back to the production music company and notified them of the wrong track and put things right."

'Just relaxed'

A Time for Romance has featured in The Full Monty, Jackie Brown, The Bill, EastEnders and Disney blockbuster Monsters Inc, which opens nationwide this weekend.

Mr Anthony saw Monsters Inc last week - he said: "Watching the film with my music was brilliant, it really was.

"We sat there listening to the music in the dark and just relaxed."

Mr Anthony stands to earn royalties from every live performance of the song, including television and cinematic performances.

He will also receive mechanical royalties which means he will earn a certain amount every time the music is recorded, such as on to a video.

Mr Anthony said: "A mistake was made and quickly resolved.

'New compositions'

"It was never a battle to get the money and it was a case of everybody pulling together and working as a team.

"The money is very welcome, it is very nice but the recognition is the best bit after all these years.

"I have been playing everybody else's music because they are the successful tunes people want to hear and now I can play my music."

Mr Anthony has been told to start composing again and has been hard at work since his good fortune.

"I have been asked to get to work and I have been working on 15 new compositions.

"Our lives haven't really changed much, we have carried on as normal."


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