Top chart place for Ipswich songwriter

POPTASTIC! Huddled round the radio on Sunday afternoon Ricky Hanley let out a scream of joy as the S Club Juniors single he co-wrote came in at a very healthy number two.

By Victoria Knowles

POPTASTIC!

Huddled round the radio on Sunday afternoon Ricky Hanley let out a scream of joy as the S Club Juniors single he co-wrote came in at a very healthy number two.

New Direction is the latest single from mini popsters and Ipswich-based Ricky penned the tune more than a year ago.


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"I am feeling very good at the moment," said Ricky from his Ipswich home, today after the news of the single's success.

"I was waited with baited breath for the news and I am just overjoyed that it has done so well. I am based in Ipswich and this news just makes all the many miles of travelling to London worth while," he added.

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But Ricky is not resting on his laurels and after a family celebration on Sunday night he was back to full pace and looking forward to the future.

"We had a bit of a celebration but things are just flat out for me now. There has been a new signing to Virgin and I will be working with them and things are looking very good at the moment. I am just looking forward to the next hit single," he said.

Ricky, who lives with his wife and three children Ben, 15, Nathan, 12, and Ella, six co-wrote the song with Georgie Dennis, younger sister of Cathy Dennis.

"We initially wrote it for Kylie Minogue. Then Simon Fuller heard it and wanted it. Claire and H also wanted it so we knew it was good."

It was not long before S Club Juniors were in the studio and the song was receiving airplay and became a regular video on the music channels.

Ricky was a session musician before he started writing and has appeared on Top of the Pops many times as a backing singer.

But writing has taken over and he has already produced a track with Liberty X which will be the B-side for their next single. He has also written a song for Will Young.

"Singing is taking a back seat as the writing is taking over. I am definitely on the bottom spiral making my way up, " he added.

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