The Stories

  • Samwell, Goddard, Worth, Lennon, McCartney & More

    Samwell, Goddard, Worth, Lennon, McCartney & More

    Great British Songwriters British songwriters only really started to come into their own during the latter half of the 1950s, commensurate with the arrival of Rock & Roll and the gradual development of a genuine home-grown scene (i.e. as opposed to the ‘manufactured’ version which the music/record industry had earlier tried to foist upon us). …

  • Calypsos, Boogies, Rockers, Ballads & Bluebeat

    Calypsos, Boogies, Rockers, Ballads & Bluebeat

    The Rise Of Black Music In Britain In 1948, the Empire Windrush famously docked at Tilbury, carrying 493 passengers from Jamaica and Trinidad (plus, by all accounts, one stowaway!).  Pathe News were among the media gathered there to meet them, and a remarkable piece of newsreel footage survives in which the freshly disembarked King Of…

  • The British Hit Singles 1940-1952

    The British Hit Singles 1940-1952

    For several years now Steve here has been working on this extra-ordinary project, to get the work of the late Colin Brown into print and now we are nearly there. Long time manager, producer and music compiler,  Colin Brown collected sales figures at the time from all the major record companies as he had become obsessed with wanting…

  • Interviewing Pete Brown

    Interviewing Pete Brown

     In addition to the Davy Graham programme where filming and interviews are now well underway we have joined forces to make a programme about the life and times of poet and lyricist Pete Brown. He is probably still best known for his Cream songs including Sunshine Of Your Love & White Room – in this…

  • and there’s more

    and there’s more

    New technology is now in play here at and just a couple more interviews have been managed over the last week – two more for the Harvest Records canon and more with other subjects including Queen, Bat Out Of Hell and Britney Spears. Plus and EMI Records reunion of staff from the middle period…

  • the book version

    the book version

    Now making serious progress on the book version of these interviews for your scurrilous edification. With two people reading it and helping check typos and facts there is a high chance that we will be in print by this autumn. Blimey who would ever have thought it would take so long – and that is why…

  • Trumpets, Banjos, Clarinets & Striped Waistcoats

    Trumpets, Banjos, Clarinets & Striped Waistcoats

    The Very Best Of British Trad Jazz Coming along, as it did, almost directly on the heels of Skiffle and Rock & Roll, Trad was perhaps the least likely Pop Music phenomenon of the era. Yet for a brief spell at the end of the 50s and the very early 60s, it was massively popular…

  • 50 years of the gee-tar

    50 years of the gee-tar

    A really interesting look at the story of three feet of german ply and how it developed into a group essential. Stalwart research from Mo and a great read

  • Davy Graham

    Davy Graham

    We are working on a documentary about the late great, guitarist Davey or Davy Graham. If any one has photos or film of him can you please get in touch. We really would appreciate it  

  • Spam removal

    Spam removal

    Sorry about the spam that has appeared under our pages. It is amazing that such parasites feel it necessary to feed on our musical pleasures. Hopefully our settings have been adjusted and you can now just see what we intended without the bottom feeders adding comments.