Vinyl Memories – the Cub Reporter and the PR men!

A recent Facebook photo of the late and unique music PR man Tony Brainsby prompted a load of comments and memories from old music journalist friends and colleagues, and has also prompted me to dig out this rare (well, I bet no one else has a copy!) document from May 1967. I was at Disc and Music Echo at the time, having only just joined, and among the diversions with which to while away the hours between coffee and lunch, was to create a weekly Top Ten of publicists and their attempts to persuade us to interview their artists.

Here it is – and I’m going to need help identifying some of them!

No.1 is, I think, Richard Green before or after he worked on Record Mirror. WF is Bob Farmer, our token gay staffer.

No.2 was also manager of The Hollies and also known as “Old Thing”

No.5. – help please!

No.8. I think this was Brian Somerville, to whom I had earlier applied for a job in his PR form, to be totally flummoxed by one of the questions on his application form…”what is your bread line?” I had no idea what he meant, but it sounded ominous. On the other hand it might have been Keith Goodwin.

No.9. The new Disc reporter will have been me!

PR Top Ten (1)


About dhvinyl

Lifelong obsession with music, 33 years in the music business, 43 years immersed in selling old records, 20 years very happily retired!
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2 Responses to Vinyl Memories – the Cub Reporter and the PR men!

  1. Lyn says:

    Yes, I was there. I worked for Tony in, I think 1967 (sounds right) in his office in Knightsbridge. He was at the time fairly new to PR and lived in Edith Villas later. Me too.

    I also went out with Richard Greene when he was working at Record Mirror. I was a singer a couple of years later, and photographer, working on Cat Stevens, Matthew & Son. I used to record at Olympic Studios and lived in Barnes a decade or two later.



    • dhvinyl says:

      Lyn – good to hear from you. Yes, Tony was quite new in 1967, as indeed was I. I remember him even taking me to a restaurant because he had secured the PR for it. And he got involved with Don Arden. I went to a reception for Roy Wood at Don’s house in Wimbledon!


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