Tag Archives: Colin Burn

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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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 72 – Tommy Loftus Pt.2 and conclusion.

As mentioned in a recent update to Pt.1, I have to thank my pal of 50 years or more, Tony Byworth for coming up with two photos of Tommy. This one not only features him in animatedly full flow, but … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 71 – Tommy Loftus

  Now here’s a challenge before I even start transcribing this interview from about 20 years ago. I remember Tommy Loftus as a name but, albeit I obviously spent an hour or two with him at the time, I cannot … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 53 – Jeffrey Kruger 10 and conclusion!.

We left Jeffrey at the end of a lengthy story featuring Charlie Pride and Kenny Rogers which prompted me to ask about the relationship between concert tour promotors and record companies. I always try to be fair. I have sat … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Business 9 – Colin Burn (1)

Colin Burn (1933 – 2009) was one of those enigmatic figures in the British music business – everyone knew him but no one knew him. Internet searches reveal little other than the tragic story of his attempts to turn his … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 8 – Gerry Bron 4 and finale

We left Gerry trying and failing to interest Chrysalis Records’ co-owner Terry Ellis in signing Motorhead. So, next I asked him about starting a record label. We were with Philips, and Philips had a distribution problem. Island had duel distribution, … Continue reading

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The Beatles – a tiny contribution – Pt.3

Alan Lockie produced for EMI. “I was in Ardmore and Beechwood when The Beatles made their test recording in the HMV shop (below). The Ardmore & Beechwood guys phoned Norman (Newell) who was in Spain and then called George Martin.” … Continue reading

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