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When The Beatles finished recording the song “Please Please Me”, producer George Martin said “Gentlemen, you have just recorded your first Number One.” On Feb 16, 1963, “Please Please Me” became the number 1 song in the UK and the first number 1 song by The Beatles. That George Martin fella was pretty smart. There […]

Happy Birthday to English singer-songwriter, record producer Peter Gabriel, born on 13th February 1950. With Genesis he had the 1974 UK No.21 single ‘I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe’. Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 to launch his solo career and had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Sledgehammer’ from the 1986 […]

(CRRK note: If you are not familiar with record producer Terry Melcher, this is a really interesting story…) If Terry Melcher was still with us, he would have turned 76 years old today. (from wikipedia, edited) Terry was a musician and record producer who was instrumental in shaping the 1960s ‘California Sound’ and folk rock […]

5th February 2012, American record producer and session musician Al De Lory died aged 82. In the early Sixties De Lory played keyboards for various Phil Spector productions, and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. As producer for Capitol Records he worked on a series of worldwide hits by Glen Campbell including John Hartford’s ‘Gentle on […]

3rd February 1967, Producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced The Tornadoes hit ‘Telstar’, the first No.1 in the US by a British group. Meek was interested in spirituality and often attended séances . At one such meeting in 1958 he was warned […]

1st February 2013, American singer, songwriter and record producer Cecil Womack died of unknown causes in Johannesburg, South Africa aged 65. He had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack & Womack. In 1988, their single ‘Teardrops’, taken from their fourth album Conscience, became a major international […]

25th January 1931, Born on this day, Swedish songwriter, producer and ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson. He co-wrote some of ABBA’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. During the 1960s he was one of Sweden’s most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles. Anderson died of […]

Happy Birthday to Jimmy Page, born on 9th January 1944, guitarist and producer, member of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Formed The Honeydrippers, (with Robert Plant, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers) who had the 1984 […]

5th Jan 1998, American singer, producer, and politician Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’ and had become a US Congressman. The United States Sonny […]

3rd Jan 1926, Born on this day, Sir George Martin, English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He worked as EMI records in-house record producer and became the so-called fifth Beatle. Martin produced all but one of The Beatles albums giving him 30 No.1 hit singles in the UK and 23 No.1 […]


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