A Cup Of Tea With

Pete Water­man

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record pro­ducer and song­writer Pete water­man OBe, 70, has writ­ten and pro­duced many hits, in­clud­ing kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky. he’s sin­gle and has homes in cheshire and lon­don.

How do you take your tea?

Proper builder’s tea, true to my work­ing-class roots. Milk, but no sugar. I pre­fer York­shire Tea.

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

I’m fa­nat­i­cal about his­tory. I read and watch ev­ery­thing I can if there’s a his­tor­i­cal el­e­ment, so I’d love to have a cup of tea with Win­ston Churchill. He’s the one per­son who’d know the truth of ev­ery­thing that went on in the war years and be­yond.

You turned 70 this year, what’s the best thing about get­ting older?

It’s not your joints creak­ing, that’s for cer­tain. The weird­est thing is, in my head I still think I’m 18! The nicest thing is hav­ing 65 years of mem­o­ries. Some things you re­mem­ber and have a good laugh about, oth­ers you cry at. But hav­ing that wealth of mem­ory is won­der­ful.

It’s 30 years since you wrote I Should Be So Lucky. Do you con­sider your­self a lucky man?

Ooh, with­out ques­tion! Some­body up there loves me. I look back at where I started, I mean, I had a fan­tas­tic child­hood with great par­ents, but we didn’t have a penny. My dad worked on the rail­ways earn­ing less than £20 a week. There were times my mum strug­gled to put a meal on the ta­ble. But look at my life! It’s been amaz­ing. I’ve had tragedies, of course – I lost one of my sons and I’ve been di­vorced three times. Over­all though, I’ve been very, very lucky.

Are you plan­ning on re­tir­ing soon?

No! To be hon­est, nobody works harder than me. Peo­ple say ‘worka­holic’ like it’s a dis­ease. But I love it. Mind you, I’m not as driven as my pal Si­mon Cow­ell. He doesn’t have what I have, like in­ter­ests out­side of work – he’s to­tally fo­cused.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

I did all sorts of things be­fore I got into the music busi­ness and with­out a doubt be­ing a gravedig­ger was the worst. Me and shov­els don’t get on! I was

17, in be­tween jobs and thought my mum wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t work­ing, so I took the job. I lasted about five min­utes! My mum said, ‘I don’t know why you took that in the first place.’ So I prob­a­bly should have spo­ken to her be­fore­hand.

As a life­long rail­way en­thu­si­ast, is there any jour­ney in par­tic­u­lar you’d love to take?

Yes, I’d love to go on the train from Coven­try to Rhyl like I did with my par­ents when I was one in 1947. I don’t re­mem­ber that jour­ney, but there must have been some­thing that sparked the all-time pas­sion I’ve had.

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