gifted and largely self-taught pianist, Lubbock displayed an extraordinary
gift for music in early childhood. He gained his first exposure
to music at age three, when his father, a fine classical musician
himself, began ear-training exercises for his son that soon developed
into a wide appreciation of and a consuming passion for musical
exploration and composition. Although the first sixteen years
of his musical life was devoted almost entirely to classical music,
in his late teens he discovered jazz and the great American song
He launched his professional career as a pianist and vocalist
performing in such venues as Les Ambassadeurs Club in London and
The Blue Note in Paris while working his way through school at
Oxford University and the London Architectural Association. (
At one stage it was uncertain whether his profession would be
architecture or music ). In 1953, an agent landed Lubbock a single
recording deal to sing "Catch a Falling Star", produced by Beatles
producer George Martin. The song served to help Lubbock "get his
foot in the door". In the 50's and 60's, he traveled throughout
the world playing clubs, soaking up various musical influences
and honing his skills, in particular his talent for arranging.
By the early 70's, Lubbock's flair for arranging landed him freelance
work for the two major television companies in London - the BBC
and ITV. In this capacity, he utilized his classical background
while working with big band and radio orchestras. But as Lubbock's
reputation for quality work began to grow, he began to realise
that only in America would he find the scope and range of work
Impressed by Lubbock's versatility and talent, noted composer
and arranger Don Specht invited him to move to the States, where
there were more opportunities to utilize his gifts. In 1977 Lubbock
took the plunge and moved to Los Angeles with his family. The
move to America proved to be auspicious. Specht introduced him
to Joni Mitchell's then producer Henry Lewy, who invited the newcomer
to work on Mitchell's "Mingus" album (1979) and to arrange Minnie
Riperton's final album "Minnie". His fresh approach to these projects
caught the attention of producers Quincy Jones and David Foster,
who enlisted his help on a number of prestigious releases. These
included, for Foster, "Chicago 16", "17", and "18", and for Jones
the "ET" album narrated by Michael Jackson.
In addition to working with the biggest stars in the music business,
Lubbock has also received many accolades from his peers. In 1984,
Lubbock won arranging Grammys for Chicago's "Hard Habit to Break"
and for the Olympic Gymnastics Theme "Grace", and in 1994 for
"When I Fall in Love" from "Sleepless in Seattle". During the
course of his career, he has received eleven additional nominations:
a co-nomination with Harvey Mason for "Wave" in 1979; a co-nomination
with Jay Graydon and David Foster for Al Jarreau's "Mornin' "
in 1983; a nomination for his vocal arrangement for Manhattan
Transfer's "The Night that Monk Returned to Heaven" in 1983; for
Diane Schuur's "A Time for Love" in 1986: as producer for CBS
Masterworks' "South Pacific" in 1987;for Patti Austin's "Alone
in the World" in 1991; for Diane Schuur's "Guess I'll Hang My
Tears Out to Dry" 1992.
1994 was exceptional for Lubbock, in that he received three Grammy
nominations out of a possible five in his category; for Barbra
Streisand's "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", Whitney Houston's "I Have
Nothing" and "When I Fall In Love" from "Sleepless in Seattle",
which won him his third Grammy.
He has also received a 1999 nomination for Barbra Streisand's
"I Believe" / "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the "Higher Ground"
Songwriting - both music and lyrics - has also played an important
role in Lubbock's career. His song "The Best of Me", written in
collaboration with David Foster and Richard Marx, and recorded
by longtime British pop sensation Cliff Richard, debuted at #2
on the British charts in the summer of 1989. It was also recorded
by Barry Manilow for his box-set album. His most recent success
has been "With Your Hand Upon My Heart" for Patti Labelle and
Michael Crawford and "Ayer" for Luis Miguel, which in its English
incarnation ("All That My Heart Can Hold") is being recorded by
Wendy Moten. He also wrote "Not Like This" for Al Jarreau, "Healing"
for Deniece Williams, as well as songs for Jennifer Holliday,
Manhattan Transfer, Neil Diamond and James Ingram.