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50 years ago in the Music Industry 4 – Disc & Music Echo, 1967-1972

As if the initial “story” wasn’t stupid enough, there had to be a follow up! I am amazed and flattered that David Stark has this cutting in one of his scrapbooks (that’s almost as ego-boosting as getting one name check … Continue reading

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50 years ago in the Music Industry 2 – Disc & Music Echo, 1967-1972

I was at the EMI archive this morning and there on show was the 50th anniversary “Sgt. Pepper” package, frustratingly sealed but looking very tempting. Is it the most import record ever made? You can answer that in the comments … Continue reading

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50 years ago in the Music Industry 1 – Disc & Music Echo, 1967-1972

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 … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 42 – Syd Gillingham & Max Clifford Pt.2

We left Syd and Max about to launch into some repartee on the late Solomon King…so let’s continue…Syd had suggested ‘She Wears my Ring’ got to No.1. M.C. It didn’t go to No.1. She wears my ring went to number … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Business 41. Syd Gillingham (and Max Clifford)

Syd’s recent death prompts me to bring you an interview conducted in a fish restaurant in Walton-on-Thames with his buddy Max Clifford. Max made his start in PR with Syd in EMI’s Manchester Square offices, and has always acknowledged that … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 40; Brian Gibson Pt. 2 and conclusion.

We left Brian in the thick of his days at Decca Records where he was their press officer from 1966-1969 and was talking about the large studio staff on the payroll. This somewhat longer portion concludes my interview with him … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 39 – Brian Gibson Pt.1

For Those who may not know Brian’s history, here is the 2003 obituary from the UK Press Gazette.Sadly, despite much web trawling, I can find no photograph of Brian.( I know there is one of him with Motown staff around … Continue reading

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