Robert Puzey was brought up in Dr Barnardo’s. When he left Dr Barnardo’s at the age of 16 he joined the Merchant Navy, only to discover life on the ocean wave wasn’t for him. Back on terra firms, he worked as a window cleaner by day and sang in a pop group at night. Robert began to write his compositions and soon discovered that his songs had commercial value.
In 1976 Robert met Billy Ocean. They co-wrote five songs, one of which Billy recorded on his debut hit album. Billy introduced Robert to his record producer/music publisher. The producer saw great potential in Robert and signed him up.
In the space of eighteen months, Robert had enjoyed the success of two UK top 3 hits: ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ The Nolans and ‘Wanted’ The Dooleys, and enjoyed success in winning the ‘Grand Prize’ at the ‘10th Tokyo Music Festival’ with the song, ‘Sexy Music’ The Nolans.
In the same year, ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ became the biggest hit in the Japanese National and International charts for twelve years.
On top of that, Robert was nominated for the Ivor Novello Award in the categories of ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Most Performed Work 1980’.
Robert met his late wife, Kath, in 1981. They married in 1982. They had four children, Alexis, Lois, Max, and Greg. Kath had two children from a previous marriage: Frazer and Kyler.
It was a fairy-tale come true; everybody was living happily ever after… when tragedy struck!
Robert was enjoying the UK hit record ‘Diamonds Lights’ Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle, which he had written and co-produced when it came to light that Kath had bowel cancer.
Kath courageously fought against her cancer for five years. It was inspiring, but a very sad journey.
Bringing us up to date, Robert composes and produces at the Horizon studios in Western Super Mare. Robert is scheduled to work with The Nolans shortly. Coming up, Robert will be releasing his latest book, ‘The story behind I’m in the Mood for Dancing’.