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Distant Drum Album Cover


Tim Rice at Mort's Memorial


Awards Picture

1990

Mort’s album "Mortimer" goes Gold in France. Mort undertakes extensive promotion with many TV, radio and live appearances.

Mort has meetings with Mike Ockrent about their collaboration to write and develop a musical based on Vittorio de Sica’s 1948 film, “The Bicycle Thieves”.


Mort starts writing and recording what was to become his last solo album sung in English, aided by a group of very talented musicians Rod Argent (Zombies), Russ Ballard (Roulettes), Peter Van Hooke (Van Morrison band), Tim Renwick (Sutherland Brothers, Quiver, Al Stewart, Eric Clapton band), Clem Clempson (Colloseum, Humble Pie), Mo Foster (Jeff Beck, Joan Armatrading/Phil Collins bands). “DISTANT DRUM” was completed in 1990.


1991

Mort wrote and produced all the music for a French TV series called SALUT LES COPAINS (“Hi Little Bastards”), inspired by the TV  soap opera of the same name.  It first aired in November 1991.  The record was also released in the same period.

DISTANT DRUM was released in 1991 by EastWest Records/Atlantic. A single, “Promised Land” was released with a promotional video (shot in the Dingle in Eire) and Mort undertook a series of promotional activities with TV, radio and press mostly in Germany where the album was first released. The album includes one of the last (if not the last) songs written by Doc Pomus and Mort – “You Cant Make A Woman Love You”
DISTANT DRUM was re-released in 1998 by Thunderbird Records.

14th MARCH 1991 – Doc Pomus dies

2 NOVEMBER 1991 – Mort dies after a courageous battle against cancer. He was survived by his wife, Maria-Pia and daughters, Barbara, Maria-Pia and Eva-Maria

Events to celebrate Mort’s life were held in New York (contributions from Eric Blau, Harriet Holtsman, Aaron Schechter, Joe Neal, Paul Felder, Sean Elliot & Elly Stone) and in London (Don Black, Tim Rice, Errol Brown, Sandie Shaw, Simone and many others).

Mort and Adam Faith during Budgie

1992

Mort was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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