Intl Transgender Day of Visibility – Stuart Barr on the Life of Angela Morley

We mark today’s occasion by sharing a radio program in which Stuart Barr uncovers the colourful career of the British transgender pioneer who shaped Shirley Bassey’s early sounds, including debut single, ‘Burn My Candle (At Both Ends)’ and enduring hits, ‘As I Love You’ and ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me.’

“In 1972, Wally Stott’s transition to Angela Morley made front page news. Wally was famous. He was composer for the Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour, and music director to stars like Frankie Vaughan and Shirley Bassey. “TV Music Man changes his sex” screamed the headlines. Where would Angela go from here? Stuart talks to Angela’s friends and colleagues to discover how she made her mark in the music business, as a woman and a man. And he explores the special qualities of the music she wrote and arranged, from the famous ‘Hancock’ tuba theme to her work alongside John Williams on blockbusters like Star Wars and Superman.”

New Musical Express, 1959

For more about Angela, read this article from The Independent.