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Jacobs

There has been a few record shops over the years on Alum Rock Road. Cowers (1967-1969), J. Hawtin (1967-1974) and Turn-On-Record (1973-1974) were all situated along the same stretch. We are guessing Jacobs was during the 30s.

Jacobs

Beresford’s

Beresfords

United Talking Machines

As with many 30s shops, this would have predominantly been Gramophone sales, but they would have stocked records too!

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P. J. France

Percival Jason France 1933-1937

Percival Jason France 1933

Jon ‘Webbo’ Webster

Jon “Webbo” Webster has worked for 2 people most of his life – himself and Richard Branson. The former paid better.

Most of his career was spent at Virgin – both Retail where he began as a shop assistant in 1975; and at Virgin Records where he started in 1981 as Sales Manager before progressing through various posts before being appointed Managing Director in 1988. He was a member of the BPI Council from 1985 – 1992.

In 1983 he was instrumental in devising the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand.

Following the EMI purchase of Virgin in 1992 he decided to leave corporate life, set up his own company, and worked with Virgin acts (Genesis, Peter Gabriel, UB40, Mike and the Mechanics) and and Baby Bird, Die Toten Hosen and Erasure.

In 1992 he founded the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. From 1992 – 2002 he wrote the “Webbo” column for Music Week.From 2000 he moved into management with D*Note and Francis Dunnery (former singer with It Bites) setting up the internet sales label Aquarian Nation (www.aquariannation.com).

In May 2005, after 13 years working for himself, he was appointed Director, Independent Member Services at the BPI, the UK record industry trade body.

Since 2007 he has been the Chief Executive of the Music Manager’s Forum, steering the membership body through a series of critical changes that are impacting the whole music industry.

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Trevor Burton

Born Trevor Ireson on 9 March 1944, Aston, Birmingham, Burton started playing guitar at a young age and by 1963, was leading his own group called The Everglades.

In 1964 he joined Danny King & The Mayfair Set, along with Keith Smart formerly of The Everglades (drums), Roger Harris (keyboards), Denis Ball (bass) and vocalist King.

Burton was a founding member of the 60’s chart topping band The Move (see under artists), and was with them from 1966 to 1969.

After a short break, Burton formed the band, Balls (see under artists) with Steve Gibbons of The Uglys (see under artists) and Denny Laine formerly of the Moody Blues (see under artists) and Allen White from The Plastic Ono Band.

After the split with Balls in 1971, Burton spent the next few years as one of the top session musicians with Island Records.

Burton returned to his hometown of Birmingham to work with Raymond Froggatt until 1976 before teaming up with close friend Steve Gibbons again, to enjoy chart success with the Steve Gibbons Band. The group enjoyed a hit single with the Chuck Berry song, ‘Tulane’ and toured America extensively.

For the next 7 years Burton continued to tour the world with Steve, leaving in 1983 to form his own band playing his unique style of blues.

They started performing twice weekly at the Red Lion, Sparkbrook, Birmingham with a line-up including sax player Steve Ajao. In 1985 the band recorded an LP entitled ‘Double Zero’ featuring Stuart Ford (slide guitar), Crumpy (bass), Tony Baylis (drums) and Ben Annon (percs).

During this time, Burton teamed up with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin as one of the Journeymen Musicians, joined The Big Town Playboys UK and Europe, performed shows with Noel Reading and spent 9 months on the road with Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

In 1995, Burton called on Maz (Marjusz Matrenko) and former ELO keyboard player, Richard Tandy to join the band.

A few years later in 1999, Burton asked Bill Jefferson (Drummer) to join and in February 2000, a local band ‘4 On The Floor’ split and bass player Eddy Moohan also became an additional member.

More recently, Burton joined former Move drummer, Bev Bevan on tour in 2007.

Bogarts

Saturday Lunchtimes, Wednesday Evenings at Bogarts:

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Here’s a picture sent in by Chris Bates,  inside Bogarts New Years Eve 1979, and in the centre right is the box were the projector was for showing the occasional cartoon. Happy days sticking to the floor.

Thanks to Ian Hasell for sending this in to us. Ian was Walrus Gumboot’s Sound Engineer. Recorded at Bogarts.

Vision Collision

Vision Collision were a late 1970s pop/rock band. Two of their members were Terry Lilley, who played bass, and Andy Wickett, who sang lead vocals; he would later become the lead singer of Duran Duran. Vision Collision never released any material.

Terry Lilley, who had previously been a member of punk band Dennis & the Din Makers, formed Vision Collision with singer Andy Wickett and other musicians. They borrowed their equipment and rehearsal space from Duran Duran, playing in Wickett’s room at Cheapside, Birmingham where Duran Duran also rehearsed (Stephen Duffy’s band, The Hawks, played downstairs on the veranda).

Vision Collision were an opening act for Duran Duran at the now-defunct Star Club in Birmingham in 1979, one of their first ever performances. Entrance fees were only 50p. After the gig, Andy Wickett would eventually become Duran Duran’s lead vocalist, while Terry Lilley would form pop band Terry and Gerry, effectively breaking Vision Collision up.

Info from Duran Duran wiki: http://duranduran.wikia.com/wiki/Duran_Duran_Wiki

P45 live at The White Horse Inn 28th Nov 1980

Cuba live at The White Horse Inn 28th Nov 1980

Thanks to Steve Palmer

Kioko

Seven piece reggae/ska/pop band.
Members are: Matt Doyle (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Jon Brown (Lead Guitar), Ben Torrens (Bass), Ian Haughton (replaced Tom Collins) (Drums), Ewan Whyte (Trumpet/Backing Vocals) Laurence Taylor (Trumpet) Josh Wilkinson (Trombone)

They played the Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2016

The Avengers

One of the best known of the Sixties bands were The Avengers fronted by Gerry Levene and featuring Graeme Edge (later of the Moody Blues), Spike Hopkins, Alan Watson and Jimmy Onslow.

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