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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 67 – Bunny Lewis 5 and conclusion

Bunny had just listed some of the artists that he signed to Columbia during his time at EMI including The Avons, The Mudlarks and, via Top Rank, Craig Douglas. I then asked about the frequency with which singers changed labels … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 66 – Bunny Lewis 4

(Apologies for repeating the same photo for every episode, but as with so many of these legendary figures from the British Record Industry, Bunny was largely ignored by the media so photographs are very limited) To state the obvious, this … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 65 – Bunny Lewis 3

Bunny has now left Decca and joined his wife in her management and booking agency All we had at that period was Lorrae Desmond and Jimmy Young. Then David Jacobs rang me up one day and said ‘you have made … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 64 – Bunny Lewis 2

We’ll carry on where we left off, and it looks as if I still hadn’t asked a single question! We were getting immersed in an EMI vs Decca one-man monologue! We (Decca) were much better off than EMI at that … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 63 – Bunny Lewis 1

  I’m guessing you have to be either over 65 or a major UK pop obsessive or historian to immediately know Bunny Lewis. To get you started, here’s how Wikipedia sums him up in a paragraph:- Bunny Lewis (12 November … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 62 – John Schroeder 3 and conclusion

We left John pondering his future at Oriole, having failed to persuade owner Maurice Levy to part with the funds he felt he needed to break new acts, both British and on the Motown label which he had obtained on … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 61 – John Schroeder 2.

Here is the front cover of John’s autobiography, maybe stimulated by this interview….but probably not! We left Pt.1 with Norrie Paramor gobsmacked that the male voice John had just auditioned belonged to Helen Shapiro, which prompted the question…. How were … Continue reading

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