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A Personal History of the British Records Business 91 – Walter J. (Wally) Ridley Pt.2

We left Wally enlightening us on the very early days of song plugging and being his father’s piano salesman by playing the instrument in his shop. This photo is pretty much how he looked when I interviewed him Where are … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Records Business 89 – Dick Leahy, Pt. 3 and conclusion

We left Dick pondering the power of the single and the peril of the LP and I mentioned that Maurice Oberstein told me that one of the worst things to happen to the business was the invention of the LP. … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Records Business 89 – Dick Leahy, Pt.2

We left Dick as he had just been appointed to run Bell Records as a full label in the UK, rather than licensed, as it had been, to EMI Was this appointment with a view to adding UK repertoire to … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Industry 86 – Ron Richards 2, and conclusion

Tell me about The Hollies A guy named Tommy Sanderson worked at Francis Day & Hunter and he used to have his ear to the ground and knew a lot of radio producers in Manchester. This producer phoned Tommy and … 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 Business 50 – Jeffrey Kruger 7.

We have now reached 1967 and the Glen Campbell story, so without further ado…photos of Jeffrey are thin on the ground and this one is obviously not from 1967! Beggars can’t be… Coming to 1967, I heard Turn around look … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 49 – Jeffrey Kruger 6.

Basically, we have now reached 1966, so we’ll end that last sentence in part 5 and move on! That’s how our label grew until in 1966, thanks to Len (Wood) again, I did a second rights deal with Capitol. Arising … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business 47 – Jeffrey Kruger 4.

Without wanting to, without maybe even realising it, in order to maximise the return on an American publishing deal he had struck with Ember’s Al Silver, Jeff finds himself having to release the original single of a song called ‘Banjo … Continue reading

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