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About dhvinyl

Lifelong obsession with music, 33 years in the music business, 43 years immersed in selling old records, 20 years very happily retired!

A Personal History of the British Record Industry 78 – Norman Newell Pt.2

We left Norman as he was about to move from EMI to the newly formed Philips label, lured  by the thrill of meeting Doris Day (?) They (Philips) asked me who I wanted to be the sort of marketing boss and I said … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 77 – Norman Newell Pt.1

This treasured photo is no stranger to dedicated readers. Taken at a lunch upstairs at Rules restaurant in Covent Garden to mark some birthday or anniversary of Bert Weedon, here we have the enigma that was Norman Newell, plus (l-r) Maurice … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 76 – Tony Hall, Pt. 3 and conclusion.

  We left Tony’s story at his departure from EMI and the beginning of a new independent life. I’d been broadcasting on the Light Programme, presenting jazz programmes. I failed an audition for Johnnie Stewart (later Top of the Pops producer) which … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 75 – Tony Hall, Pt. 2.

          We left Tony as he was about to join Decca Records, at the time when it was indisputably the No.1. record company in Britain, largely because of its foresight not only on the new 45rpm and LP … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 74 – Tony Hall.

  The concept of these interviews, apart from the original fantasy of them forming the basis of a book, was to give space to some of the many people behind the scenes who were influential in the history of this still … Continue reading

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Disc & Music Echo, June 7, 1969

Quite why Ray Coleman chose me, the pop kid, to help launch EMI’s new progressive rock Harvest label, I can’t remember, but a young (26) reporter does what he’s told. I don’t expect you to attempt to read the copy, … Continue reading

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The Book that never was – and never will be

With The Beatles forever in the news I thought I’d share this piece with you. It was written nearly 20 years ago as the preface to a book I planned to spend the early years of my retirement writing. All … Continue reading

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