Disc was a Top 30 chart weekly. Ray Coleman had this policy – all the time a record was going up the chart we’d interview the artist, or do something on him, her or them, every other week. Those were the days of course when the chart ran the music business, singles tooks weeks to gradually reach their peak, and the keys shows were Top of the Pops (tv) and The Top 40 show on Radio1, on a Sunday late afternoon if I remember correctly. (and look, there’s Fluff, who had probably beenm interviewed by Bob Farmer)
Anyway, 1967 was the year of the Tremeloes (on this particular week, Even the Bad Times Are Good was at No.6, with Englebert’s The Last Waltz at 1)and I was their appointed Disc person. They had hit after hit, so every couple of weeks I’d trot up to Starlite Artistes offices under the genial dictatorship of Peter Walsh – incidentally, also Chairman of Slough FC – and the five of us would try and come up with something to talk about. Pop journalism was intense in those days!
Individual profiles was the obvious starting point. I got on with Alan best of all four, Liz and I went to his wedding, though extraordinarily he died ages before I ever knew.