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THE HAGUE SUMMIT

Stephen Hague is one of the finest record producers of modern times. If you didn’t know that, you’ll almost certainly agree after we tell you about just a smattering of his productions, many of which came at pivotal points of the artist’s careers, serving as launchpads (or ‘re-launchpads’, if there is such a word), to fame, fortune and notoriety. There’s West End Girls, the track that ultimately gave us Pet Shop Boys; there’s Freedom, the first solo single produced for Robbie Williams. Then there’s World In Motion, the song that gave us – and continues to give us – so much hope every time England enter a football tournament.

Hague’s vision gave us some classic moments in 80s music, but he’s continued to work throughout the 90s and beyond with diverse artists including Tom Jones, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, James, Peter Gabriel, a-ha, and on and on. For someone who has helped create the sound of British pop music over the last three decades, you might be surprised to learn that Stephen was born and raised in the States, but he always had an eye and an ear on this side of the pond.

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