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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 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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A Personal History of the British Music Business Pt. 29 – John Fruin 1.

I first met John Fruin in 1972 when I joined Polydor Records from Disc and Music Echo, largely thanks to a man called Clive Woods who was their then press officer, but about to go to Germany to do a … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Business 28, Ken East Pt.5

      Barney Ales, John McCready (Phonogram New Zealand), to be hired by Ken when he moves to Decca) and Ken East’s profile! We have followed Ken back and forth from London to Australia..all the time with EMI. Now … Continue reading

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