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Roburt

EMI -- How The Mighty Are Fallen

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Back in the 60's, on the back of all the success they were having with the Beatles & British beat groups, EMI was just about the most powerful international record company in the world plus the most influential music publishing company . But the guys at EMI House in London's Manchester Square (long since disposed of) let things slip. Universal bought the record labels (but have since spun some bits off to the likes of Warner Music Group). Now Sony have bought up most of EMI's publishing .... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44206075

With the brand diminished and many of their old labels long gone, it's easy to forget just what a force EMI was back in the 60's. They owned Capitol in the US and ran branches right around the world ... licensing tracks from US labels and releasing them everywhere they operated a branch (UK, Ireland, Europe, Mid East, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Caribbean and Sth America) ... we got many of our fave UK released soul 45 release's courtesy of EMI ... stuff on Stateside, HMV, Liberty, Columbia, Top Rank, Tamla Motown and the like.     

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Back in the day, EMI had control of 2 of the 3 locations music fans came from around the world to London to see ...

1/ Abbey Road Studios

2/ The staircase in EMI House, Manchester Square

WITH ... the 3rd (the only one with public access) being the zebra crossing outside Abbey Rd Studios. Most fans got to take a picture of themselves on the zebra crossing but hardly any made it into the actual studios or into EMI House.

Back in the 80's, I had a good contact who worked for EMI in their Manchester Square offices. I used to visit but security control was always really high. You were never allowed free access in the building. Reception used to take charge of visitors and keep you there till the person you said you'd come to see was contacted & approved your entrance. You'd then but put in the lift, the right floor button pressed & you'd be met (when the lift doors opened) by your contact. I used to ask if I could walk up the staircase to get to the right floor but was never allowed to (the stairway in question was pictured on the front of the Beatles 'Please Please Me' album).

One time (when we lived in Northampton), I'd arranged a EMI visit & my son was at college in Hatfield. He asked me to go there & meet up with him before I went into London. When I got there, he'd got 3 of his pals with him who he'd said could tag along. We set off & arrived at EMI House, where we were asked to wait for Alan to approve our entrance. Lots of folk were milling about in the reception area, also trying to gain access. We got the nod & so this old guy & 4 young lads headed for the lift. Two blokes saw us passing, assumed I was the manager of a new boy band & wished us well in our attempt to land a recording contract ... we couldn't stop laughing as we rode up in the lift. 

 

 

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Back to the golden days of EMI soul releases ... 

the Della Reese 45 (on Stateside) was a re-release of an earlier UK HMV (again an EMI label) 45 ... now I was on the scene back then & don't recall the Della Reese cut getting played at the time ... so just why had EMI put it out again .. any answers (please) ??

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