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A Personal History of the British Record Business 43 – Syd Gillingham and Max Clifford 3 and conclusion

Carrying straight on from where we left off last time. I found another photo of Syd and Max – with me at my EMI retirement party in 1998. Read on – there are some controversial comments about The Beatles coming … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Business 32 – John Fruin Pt. 4, Finale!

  We conclude this interview with John Fruin, embracing WEA, industry observations, Janie Jones, Clive Calder, Martin Mills and others. What was never publicised (when John was enticed to WEA by Nesuhi Ertegun)was that WEA bought 25% of the business … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Industry 30 – John Fruin 2

  With photos of John thin on the ground, but with his handwriting so familiar to those who knew him, here’s a telling letter that was the fore runner of our interview meeting Having set the scene in part one, … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Music Business 11 – Colin Burn 3

Colin’s start at EMI preceded Cliff Richard’s debut by about four months – he started in May 1958 and Cliff in September of the same year. So I was keen to know more. Norrie Paramor with Cliff Richard, Jet Harris, … 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 – Pt. 2 Bob Barratt (1)

Bob Barratt started working at Abbey Road studios in 1960 for Norman Newell as an “office boy” at the age of 22, as Newell found Barratt to be particularly polite during their previous interactions. During the following years he worked … Continue reading

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