I consider my life to have been blessed, a charmed existence. By the time I was eight years old, Cliff Richard and The Shadows were my heroes, I tried for a long time to perfect Cliffs quiff, lashing on brylcream to hold the creation in place. At the age of ten, my Father bought me Please Please Me, The Beatles first album; I was somehow totally consumed by the new wave of British music. This infatuation grew with the Memphis sound of Stax Records and the soul of Detroits Tamla Motown, I learnt geography from the cities that these and other labels were based in. I read all I could about the artists, songwriters and producers, trying to understand their individual jobs in the process of record making. By the age of fourteen, I knew someway, somehow, I had to be involved in the record business, not able to play any instrument and living in a provincial town like Walsall, it seemed a tall order, and was met with derision from friends and some of my family. However, music was the only thing that made me feel totally alive and filled me with passion.

Today, looking back, my career seems like an impossible dream, however, it happened. Here are some of the records over the years that formed the musical tapestry of my life.

Carole King It’s too late
James Taylor You’ve got a friend
T.Rex Hot love
Beatles She loves you
Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the run
Bread Make it with you
Astrud Gilberto The girl from Ipanema
Janis Ian At seventeen
Eagles Hotel California
Frank Sinatra I’ve got you under my skin
Dean Martin Everybody loves somebody sometime
Steely Dan Do it again
David Bowie The jean genie
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad moon rising
Dusty Springfield The look of love
Cliff Richard The next time
George Benson On Broadway
Aretha Franklin Until you come back to me
Rod Stewart Maggie May
Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade
Sam Cooke You send me
Slade Gudbuy TJane
Michael Jackson Rock with you
Tom Jones Its not unusual
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock
Ella Fitzgerald Everytime we say goodbye
Beach Boys Then I kissed her
Barry White Can’t get enough of you babe
Andy Williams Can’t take my eyes off you
Marvin Gaye Come get to this
Doris Day Move over darling
Ricky lee Jones Chuch es in love
Aztec Camera How men are
Sugar Minnott Good thing going
Bobby Goldsboro Summer the first time
Four Tops I’m in a different world
Shanice I love your smile
Todd Rungren I saw the light
Isaac Hayes Joy
Johnny Cash Ring of fire
Junior Walker What does it take
Chic I want your love
Al Green Tired of being alone
Perry Como And I love you so
Major Harris Love wont let me wait
Doobie Brothers What a fool believes
Frank & Nancy Sinatra Something Stupid
Andrew Gold Never let her slip away
Bonnie Rait Nick of time
Bee Gees Night Fever
Hall & Oates I cant go for that
Prince Purple Rain
B J Thomas Raindrops keep falling on my head
Fontella bass Rescue Me
Ray Charles I can’t stop loving you
Otis Redding Sitting on the dock of the bay
Carpenters Close to you
Diana Ross I’m still waiting
Supremes Reflections
Temptations Aint to proud to beg
Barbara Streisand Evergreen
Squeeze Up the junction
Spinners Could it be Im falling in love
Patsy Cline Crazy
Crystal Gayle Don’t it make my brown eyes blue
Thin Lizzy Boys are back in town
Kinks Waterloo Sunset
Dionne Warwick Do you know the way to San Jose
Isley Brothers This old heart of mine
Fleetwood Mac Dreams
Sly & Family Stone Family Affair
Petula Clark Downtown
Norah Jones Don’t know why
Chris Rea Fool if you think its over
Stevie Wonder Lately
Boz Scaggs Its Over
Georgie Fame Sitting in the park
Who I cant explain
Curtis Mayfield Move on up
Sam & Dave Soul Man
Ben E King Stand by me
5th Dimension Wedding Bell Blues
Bing Crosby White Christmas
Jackie Wilson I get the sweetest feeling
Style Council You’re the best thing
Beatles Get Back
Percy Sledge When a man loves a woman
Robert Palmer Every Kinda people
Arthur Conley Sweet soul music
Smokey Robinson Tracks of my tears
Chicago Saturday in the park
Shadows Foot tapper
Bob Marley Waiting in vain
Mark Morrison Return of the Mack
Soul to Soul Keep on moving