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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 85 – Maurice Oberstein Pt.5 and conclusion.

Maurice is now Chairman of CBS, and his insight into corporate structure which dominates this final piece, makes a fascinating read. The business of my becoming chairman was a very simple thing. The company grew. I was getting a bigger … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 83 – Maurice Oberstein Pt.3

Up to this point, Maurice had been responsible solely for the factory side of the newly  created UK branch of CBS Records, so…. At what stage did you move away from manufacturing  ? It just came..slowly and surely. How much was there to … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 82 – Maurice Oberstein Pt.2

We left Maurice poised, with MD Ken Glancy, to launch CBS Records as an independent company in the UK I was the first American in. I arrived at the official opening of the company, April 21-22, 1965. I went straight from … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 81 – Maurice Oberstein

  Maurice Louis Oberstein, record company executive: born New York 26 September 1928; died London 13 August 2001.   Maurice Oberstein and Rupert Perry, both is their day Chairs of the BPI and titans of the British music business! Maurice … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 80 – Terry Oates

This wonderful sketch of Terry was drawn by Peter Dadswell. I used it once before as part of the lengthy Jeff Kruger interview, but it is only now I have discovered his name as the artist. Peter wrote an excellent appreciation … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 79 – Norman Newell Pt.3 and conclusion

Norman with Dorothy Squires, Roger Moore – one of you will identify the fourth character We left Norman, as with George Martin and Wally Ridley, bemoaning the fact that the producers never received any credit on the record labels or sleeves, never … 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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