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A Personal History of the British Record Business 45 – Jeffrey Kruger 2.

  In Pt.1 Jeffrey recalled his early life and the creation of the Flamingo Club in a basement room of the Mapleton Hotel, assisted by Tony Hall. Now we move seamlessly on! Tony (Hall) was writing for various papers and … 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 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 Record Business 12 – Colin Burn 4

We left Colin being somewhat critical of Arthur Muxlow, his boss at the newly formed West One Entertainments, an agency formed by EMI to promote artists. He showed me an expenses form he’d kept since 1958 ‘ “Cliff Richard, artist, … Continue reading

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A Personal History of the British Record Business Pt.3 – Bob Barratt (2)

We left Bob having enjoyed the first fruits of arriving at EMI in the late 1950’s – a limousine trip up north to see a review, “Pieces of Eight” with, according to Bob, Kenneth Williams and Sheila Hancock. He may … Continue reading

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A little John Leyton Story

Don’t ask why – it was a largely sad experience – but last evening I was at Guildford G Live (a workaday rebuilt hall almost entirely devoid of atmosphere) to see The Marty Wilde Rock’n’Roll Party with some Wildcats and … 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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