I joined Disc (& Music Echo) one of at least five weekly pop music newspapers in April 1967 after a year in the Gravesend branch of the Kent Messenger, a job I got quite by chance but which was the catalyst to 31 years earning a living from music with no real talent other than an ability to write and get on with people!
Fifty years since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made me realise that, as a nurd who kept every copy of the paper while I worked for it, an egocentric look back would be fun for me, if no one else!
So here’s the first by-lined article I wrote for Ray Coleman, back in the days when, in addition to fortnightly interviews with every act whose single was going up the charts, there was the round-up piece. On the basis that you can read it, it’s self explanatory. Happy days on the phone to the golden days of the pop PR.