|Full Name||Paul Steven Bliss|
|Born||June 26, 1953 in Birmingham, England|
|Instruments||Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals|
|Associated Acts|| The Bliss Band|
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Paul Bliss (born June 26, 1953) is an English musician, and composer for the English adaptation of Star Fleet. He is however, primarily known for being backup musician for the British Bands, "The Hollies" and "The Moody Blues" from 1989 to 2009. Bliss is a self-taught keyboard player and had produced two albums with his band "The Bliss Band" in 1978 and 1979, released by CBS Records, with the first produced by "Steely Dan" guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. Bliss is also an accomplished songwriter, having written music for Olivia-Newton John, Janet Jackson, Celine Dione and Graham Nash among others. 'Heart Attack' by Olivia-Newton John, written by Bliss peaked No. 2 on the charts in the United States for four weeks in 1982.
Star Fleet was Bliss' first (and so far only) job as a Television composer. He composed the score primarily using a Oberheim OBX-a Synthesizer. Bliss would record the incidental music from his bedroom onto an 8-track Fostex tape recorder, and because of the tight production schedule would drive up to Anvil Films in Denham to deliver each episode on a ¼” master tape for dubbing to the film. By episode nine the decision was taken to simply re-use music cues from earlier episodes, as the majority of the themes were already established by then. His work on the series struck a chord with viewers, even Queen member Brian May, who would infamously cover the end credit theme to the series.
Bliss appears, by voice only, in the Making of Star Fleet Documentary on the 2009 DVD release. In 2009, coinciding with the complete series release, he released the Soundtrack of the series, remastered to stereo, available by mail order.
- Dinner with Raoul (1978)
- Neon Smiles (1979)
- Tear it Up (1981) - LP
- The Edge of Coincidence (1999)
- Star Fleet: Original Soundtrack Recording (2009)