Wood Allen..."Airport 89"
'Airport 89' was produced by Wood Allen, which was in fact just another alias for the highly productive and prolific Davoli, Limoni and Simplici... better known as Black Box, Starlight, The Mixmaster, Groove Groove Melody etc.etc.!
The synth riff was one of the most instantly recognisable of the late eighties(Taken from the Rah Bands "Electric Fling"), and coupled with the clever and highly effective aeroplane bassline, hence the 'Airport', the single enjoyed phenonemal success on the better dancefloors around Europe.
The Rah Band..."Electric Fling"...
This fictitious studio group was masterminded by Richard A. Hewson (b. 17 November 1943, Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside, England). In the late 60s arranger, conductor and multi-instrumentalist Hewson worked with James Taylor and Herbie Hancock and arranged hits such as the Beatles "The Long And Winding Road' and Mary Hopkins" "Those Were The Days". His fame as an arranger spread and in the next decade he worked with artists including Supertramp, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Al Stewart, Chris DeBurgh, Fleetwood Mac and Chris Rea. In 1976 he decided to produce, write and play on his own records under the name RAH Band. In 1977 the instrumental "The Crunch" on Good Earth climbed into the UK Top 10. Three years later "Falcon" hit the Top 40 and started a long string of dance hits for the band. In 1985 "Clouds Across The Moon', with vocals by his wife Liz, gave him a second Top 10 single. Over the years the band have chalked up seven UK hits and have had records on a myriad of labels including DJM, KR, TMT, Sound, RCA, Supreme and Creole. Hewson, who in the 80s worked with Toyah and Five Star and produced big hits for Cliff Richard and Shakin" Stevens, now concentrates on writing and producing music for UK television shows and advertisements.
Wood Allen "Airport 89" 12 Inch
Rah Band "Electric Fling-Re-Edit"