©  William Mangion 2017 
William Mangion

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My Biography

EARLY YEARS (1973-1984)

Although he started his professional career at 14, William's first taste of music came at the tender age of 8, via his friend David Vella, who played the piano and accordion. William's love of music had always been there as far back as he can recall, and so it was no surprise that when Vella introduced William to the Melodica, William picked it up like a natural. By 1973, he was fronting and playing keyboards with Sagittarius, who at the time were the resident band at Hotel Villa Rosa in St. Julian's. His stint with Sagittarius ended four years later, when William joined the band Slug, and took on a residency at Tigullio, then one of Malta's foremost night clubs. During this time he also participated at the CISCO 77 Castlebar International Song Festival in Ireland. In 1978, William joined Split, performing a series of concerts at popular venues such as Tigullio, the University Campus and the Plaza in Sliema (Malta). Later on that year, he signed a solo contract as vocalist/pianist performing on board the Garnada, a spanish cruise liner, which took him to several key spots in the Mediterranean, including Spain, France and Italy.His solo work then took him to the UK, where, for the next two years, he toured some of the country's major clubs, including EMI's Romeo & Juliet's in Sheffield, String of Pearls in Wembley and Park Hall in Chorley, Preston. Upon his return to Malta in 1981, William maintained his solo work, even performing at special occasions that included several celebrities, among them Oliver Reed, Gordon Thompson (of Dynasty fame), Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar), Margot Kidder and Robert Hayes. Within a year, he had also formed a new band, The Ashes, who became a mainstay at Malta's leading rock joint, The Woodpecker in Bugibba for the summer months of 1982. Later that year, The Ashes were the house band at The Whisper Nightclub in Mosta, a residency that would last three years. At the same time, William had also started playing with another band, The Exit
©  William Mangion 2017
WilliamMangion

About

My Biography

EARLY YEARS (1973-1984)

Although he started his professional career at 14, William's first taste of music came at the tender age of 8, via his friend David Vella, who played the piano and accordion. William's love of music had always been there as far back as he can recall, and so it was no surprise that when Vella introduced William to the Melodica, William picked it up like a natural. By 1973, he was fronting and playing keyboards with Sagittarius, who at the time were the resident band at Hotel Villa Rosa in St. Julian's. His stint with Sagittarius ended four years later, when William joined the band Slug, and took on a residency at Tigullio, then one of Malta's foremost night clubs. During this time he also participated at the CISCO 77 Castlebar International Song Festival in Ireland. In 1978, William joined Split, performing a series of concerts at popular venues such as Tigullio, the University Campus and the Plaza in Sliema (Malta). Later on that year, he signed a solo contract as vocalist/pianist performing on board the Garnada, a spanish cruise liner, which took him to several key spots in the Mediterranean, including Spain, France and Italy.His solo work then took him to the UK, where, for the next two years, he toured some of the country's major clubs, including EMI's Romeo & Juliet's in Sheffield, String of Pearls in Wembley and Park Hall in Chorley, Preston. Upon his return to Malta in 1981, William maintained his solo work, even performing at special occasions that included several celebrities, among them Oliver Reed, Gordon Thompson (of Dynasty fame), Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar), Margot Kidder and Robert Hayes. Within a year, he had also formed a new band, The Ashes, who became a mainstay at Malta's leading rock joint, The Woodpecker in Bugibba for the summer months of 1982. Later that year, The Ashes were the house band at The Whisper Nightclub in Mosta, a residency that would last three years. At the same time, William had also started playing with another band, The Exit