Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Personal History of the British Record Business 8 – Gerry Bron 4 and finale

We left Gerry trying and failing to interest Chrysalis Records’ co-owner Terry Ellis in signing Motorhead. So, next I asked him about starting a record label. We were with Philips, and Philips had a distribution problem. Island had duel distribution, … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 7 – Gerry Bron (3)

We left Gerry at “Ha ha said the clown”, so my next question was about forming a record production company “I always wanted to make records. When Ron Goodwin recorded with George (Martin) and made all those instrumental albums I … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 6 – Gerry Bron (2)

How did the Marianne Faithfull link come about? I think she and Gene Pitney got very friendly – she was having problems with Andrew Loog Oldham – and she phoned us up one day in tears and said “I don’t … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business Pt.5 – Gerry Bron (1)

Potted biography courtesy Wikipedia Gerry Bron, born 1st March 1933 – died 19th June 2012,was born in Hendon, Middlesex, into a Jewish family, the elder brother of actress Eleanor Bron. Their father, Sydney, shortened the family’s surname to “Bron” from … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business Pt 4. – Bob Barratt 3 and finale!

We left Bob in Birmingham on a signing and recording spree. ” That was 1963 and died out in a couple of years.  Then the AIR (George Martin, John Burgess and others) people left  After the walk out, which came … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business Pt.3 – Bob Barratt (2)

We left Bob having enjoyed the first fruits of arriving at EMI in the late 1950’s – a limousine trip up north to see a review, “Pieces of Eight” with, according to Bob, Kenneth Williams and Sheila Hancock. He may … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business – Pt. 2 Bob Barratt (1)

Bob Barratt started working at Abbey Road studios in 1960 for Norman Newell as an “office boy” at the age of 22, as Newell found Barratt to be particularly polite during their previous interactions. During the following years he worked … Continue reading

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