Ronnie Hazlehurst: the only man to have played on every episode of Coronation Street is dead. His record will continue for some time to come.
PS His composing style seems – to this untrained ear – to be as follows.
1. What is the name of the programme?
2. What musical notes sounds like someone saying the name of the programme?
3. Write down notes.
4. Pass to musicians.
5. Sit back and wait for royalty cheques.
ETA The Guardian is kindly making available a medley of the best of Ronnie here. No prizes for naming the tunes.