Mike O'Donnell with Britt Allcroft, Junior Campbell and Ringo Starr in 1984.

Mike O'Donnell, born March 10th, 1952, was a music composer for TUGS and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, from its debut in 1984 until 2003.

Mike, a bass guitarist and vocalist, worked at the Beatles' "Apple Studios", where his love for music grew stronger after some memorable sessions with several famous singers. He also joined a band, "Gold", who, despite having few hits, sold a number of singles such as "Stay with Me My Love" and "Paradise".

At some point O'Donnell and Junior Campbell signed to the same publisher, and their partnership sparked. They have collaborated on writing television jingles, which continued even after leaving their bands.

The two have composed many "Thomas" theme songs like Thomas' Anthem, Really Useful Engine, It's Great to be an Engine, Accidents will Happen, Every Cloud has a Silver Lining, and Down by the Docks.

O'Donnell lives in Surrey with his wife Barbera, daughter Sian and son Ben.

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