Walter Hacon : Musician



Walter has been writing and playing music since the early   seventies, his roots firmly based in the Blues Rock traditions of that time, with the Likes of “Free” “Jethro Tull” “Brinzley Swartz” Duxe Deluxe” ” Kilburn and the High Roads” “Doctor Feelgood” etc during the early part of this decade he cut his teeth with bands such as “Skyscraper” and the “Speedometers” and in 1976 signed with Island Records band “The AUTOMATICS” who’s first album was produced and recorded by steve lillywhite,at Island Records small basement studio at 22 St. Peters Square Chiswick. along with the likes of Eddie and the hotrods “Talk Talk”“Burning Spear” “Bob Marley “and many more…
Walter went on to work with STIFF RECORDS, Artist” WRECKLESS ERIC “and did two tours of the USA, and several extensive tours of Europe, and Australasia playing club and stadium venues with bands of the calibre of “The Ramones” and “Split Enz”
It was during this period that one of Walters songs,” Broken Doll,” was spotted by Wreckless Eric who recorded it and included it on his album, “Big Smash” of 1980.
This was in turn, recorded by “Cliff Richard”, for his “Wired for Sound” album, of the same year.
Leading to a deal with Zomba Music and several covers of Walters songs followed…..Nigel Dixons, “Thunder Bird”…. Angela Rippon,” Viva Rock n Roll”
Rocky Terrain and the Valiant’s ” Big Rock County Mountain Breakdown”

Walter returned to the U.K, and put together a rehearsal room/studio in Jeddo Road, Shepherds Bush, just above “Wembley Loud Speakers “and this was a great success, working with the likes of “Ruthless Blues”, (a killer London based Blues Band) and “EEEK a Mouse””who, contrary to his rather meek nick name, was a seven foot tall Jamaican, who had a great band, and “cooked”, to use a descriptive term of that period
During this period, Walter also co wrote and Produced the Musical “Charlie” based on the life of “Charlie Chaplin” with his playwright mother, Josephine Hacon, which was performed at the “New End Theatre” Hampstead, and the “Donmar Warehouse” in Soho, and received encouraging reviews through the summer of 1981,from critics such as “Baz Bazmagoine” of the British Press.

In 1984 Walter started a band called ” Playhouse” featuring songs from his current song writing catalogue of the time.
Walter opened a Commercial Recording studio and Publishing company in Acton, West London, in the mid 80’s with Rick Rocket of the Automatics/Sham 69/ Bootleg Beatles etc .and apart from recording their own material they produced and recorded many budget to mid price albums for recording Artist such as, “Big Audio Dynamite” “cat scratch fever” “Annabelle Lamb” etc. and went on to get a good reputation in the Industry.
Walter moved to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1998 and has continued writing and performing.

He now has a hard disk based home recording studio, from where the latest album “Centre of the human heart” has emerged….

The single taken from the album, entitled, “Bethlehem” is about to be released through “Reverb Nation” in December 2014, this song is an unusual take on what is happening in the “holy lands” these days. ( check the links on the site)