Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris, plus a particularly excellent one for an Adam Faith double CD, which was praised by The Daily Mail! This book will be the third he has co-written with Pete Walker; their previous efforts being two biographies of John Barry.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. Geoff retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing. Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001, and the same combination are also responsible for websites dedicated to Adam Faith, Ron Grainer, Robert Farnon & Matt Monro.
Geoff has never learned to drive but is keen on photography and watching sport, especially Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, where he is a life member. He is fond of wildlife and is a member of the Slimbridge Wetland Centre and Bristol Zoo.
After having worked over thirty years at Stourbridge Jobcentre for the Department of Work and Pensions as an Employment Adviser, Birmingham born Pete Walker retired during the autumn of 2015 to concentrate his energies on more aesthetic pursuits such as his writing.
From as far back as 1990, he began to balance his day job by writing and co-writing CD and DVD booklet notes for an array of releases issued by the likes of EMI, Sony, Polydor, Castle, Rykodisc, Quartet, Castle, Network and Silva Screen, penning pieces on John Barry, Don Black, Roy Budd, Adam Faith, Vic Flick, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and The Tremeloes amongst others. Various music-related magazine articles and concert programme notes ensued as a result.
His love of John Barry’s music can be traced back to when he was taken as a youngster to see Born Free whilst on holiday during 1966.
In addition to being an ever-suffering West Bromwich Albion supporter since the age of eight, he is also a self-taught guitarist, who has written and recorded well over two hundred songs.