A random selection of the 'who, what and when' over the last 25 years.
Lucian Grainge - Chairman & CEO of UMG and
David Joseph - Chairman & CEO of UMG UK.
Brandon Bakshi, head of BMI in London.
Ken Berry was at the helm at Virgin worldwide following the sale in 1992.
The Outside Organisation worked in a unique collaboration with Bernard Doherty and LD Communications on The Brits.
Also there were The Mobo's and The Mercury Music Prize, when our first ceremony took place just five hours after the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11th 2001.
Another memorable occasion occurred when we accompanied the charming Barbara Orbison to the MTV Awards, so sad to hear of her passing recently.
Rocco Buonvino and Noel Magri asked me to invite Peter Andre to the Malta Music Awards to accept the Best International Artist Award
Beverley Knight is quite simply one of the finest vocalists from anywhere of all time ......anyone who has witnessed her performances in the West End production of 'The Bodyguard' will testify to that. Robin Gibb concurred that having spent a lot of his career, particularly with American R&B vocalists she was exceptional.....and lets take into account writing and recording credits with Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Celine Dion!
Beverley performed Guilty live on one occasion in London and Robin provided backing vocals to her cover of 'Too Much Heaven' in 2010.
World renowned restauranteur Ciro Orsini has been a friend and associate for over 15 years. We worked together on London venues in Tower Hill and Bishopsgate and his Knightsbridge site is still a regular haunt into the wee hours.
By Royal Command!.. The Princes Trust (Prince Charles seen here with Shakira) was a beneficiary of Capital Radio's Party In The Park. Outward Bound (Prince Andrew, Prince Philip and Prince Albert of Monaco) where Robin was an Ambassador and took his role very seriously joining the kids up in the Lake District and North Wales to experience the amazing work the charity does. Special mentions must go to Mandy Tarrant and Stuart Baker whose contribution was immensely appreciated by Robin.
Robin was President of The Heritage Foundation which honoured legends from the world of entertainment and honoured their memory with a blue plaque.......some of those included comedy greats such as Kenneth Williams and also Peter Cook( on the site of a The Establishment Club in Soho)as well as stars of film such as Sir John Mills at Pinewood Studios and John Lennon and George Harrison on the old Apple building on the corner of Baker St and Paddington St in Marylebone.
Roger Daltrey unveiled one for Keith Moon on the site of The Marquee Club in Wardour Street and Robin's brother Maurice was remembered at the Brook Street offices in Mayfair,formally the Robert Stigwood Organisation HQ. Rather poignantly, Robin himself was honoured (picture shows the unveiling at his home in Oxfordshire with his wife Dwina, son RJ as well as Sir Tim Rice, Susan George and David Jensen in September 2012) with a plaque at the family home in Oxfordshire.
The Armed Forces were close to Robin's heart and his final performance on February 14th 2012 was for the Coming Home charity at The London Palladium. Over five years he fought tirelessly for the construction of the Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park, including stating the case when visiting Dresden, a city that felt the effects of the bombing campaign. It is a mark of the effect of the bridge building he undertook (he wanted the memorial to be a reminder that peace and democracy can come at an awful cost) that the Mayor of that city acknowledged his aims subsequently. Unfortunately he died just five weeks before Her Majesty The Queen unveiled it on June 28th 2012. He was also a supporter of Help For Heroes and I've continued to this end with Polo For Heroes , the overwhelming principal of all these charities being to ensure that their sacrifice , so easily forgotten in the more cynical world we live in , is not forgotten once these men and women return home to rebuild their lives with their families.
Robin collaborated with The Soldiers for the official 2011 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by re recording 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You' .
Sporting associations were rather random......it was certainly exciting to be involved in the 2003 Rugby World Cup , held in Australia , with the official England Squad song, 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' (performed by UB40) , particularly as the victory in the last minute of the final against hosts, from the boot of Jonny Wilkinson ,will remain forever one of the greatest sporting moments ever.
The Royal Marsden Hospital,the leading cancer treatment facility was also a worthy cause I was happy to support and here the marvellous Beverley Knight has given her time so generously and I thank her for that.
The 2000 Net Aid Concert at the old Wembley Stadium featuring among others George Michael and David Bowie, with the aim of urging the pan government cancellation of third world debt . Among the eclectic hosts was a certain David Ginola...
The remarkably talented Lyndon David Hall was a dear friend to her and he was treated by the dedicated medical team before he passed away and I'm sure we will be ever supportive to both their research and treatment.
Another of Robin's tireless 'extracurricular' activities saw us travel far and wide to deliver speeches and exert pressure on 'rogue' governments who did not adhere to international copyright law. He affected change in territories as diverse as Croatia,Chile and India and one particularly memorable week was spent lobbying US senators on Capitol Hill in Washington during The World Copyright Conference in 2009 . This was all done as President of CISAC, always ably and expertly assisted by Silvina Munich from their Paris offices, without whose coordination and energy we would not have achieved so much. He is pictured here in Brussels in 2011 with the future President ,Jean Michel Jarre.
With his wife Dwina he wholeheartedly supported Against Breast Cancer, a charity created by Pat and Anthony Leathem to tackle secondary breast cancer ,with the patronage of Julie Cowell, and further endorsed at specific events by her son Simon.
With good friend Nic Georgiou , London Fashion Week is always a hoot! We have collaborated on various events and one particularly comes to mind from 2012 when he brought back the iconic Ossie Clark designs for the contemporary market and launched where else but in West London's Kings Road. Model Sophie Smith models an original dress at the Proud Gallery reception.
In a slight contrast ,Ray Cooper , our Virgin deputy MD, a devoted Sheffield Wednesday supporter , signed up to the 1993 official Cup Record as the Owls had secured both League and FA Cup Finals against Arsenal......and conspired to lose both! The Hillsborough Crew's reworking of Little Steven's 'Sun City' (to 'Steel City') led by the then Eastender's star Ian Reddington was not the worst football record I've heard to be fair......
March for some years meant South By South West in Austin, Texas, where for some years it seemed London's record industry decamped on mass. It was here Newton Faulkner made giant strides towards his record deal and another year Pete Townshend performed with a series of guest musicians.
Sometimes it's great individuals who make projects successful (and when paired as in some cases even more so), such as Hugh Goldsmith (Billie Piper, Blue, Newton Faulkner), Martin O'Shea and former George Michael manager Andy Stephen's with Hugh on Natalie Imbruglia (seen here with his current client Susan Boyle).
UB40 also featured spearheading the 'Cover Up' campaign in 2001 for United Nation AIDS Awareness ......why else would I have a thousand condoms in the trunk of the car
In 2005 we teamed up with Richard Holley (pictured with 'Sam' Newton Faulkner) and Nigel Elderton's Peer Music to work on securing a recording deal . This was achieved when Hugh Goldsmith signed him and we debuted at No1 in August 2007 on the UK album charts, incidentally displacing Elvis Presley!
The two legendary Tony's ...Byrne and Blackburn at local media hangout - Sergios.
Some of the great radio people of this generation have become good friends from Mr Entertainment,Lewis Carnie (here with BBC Radio 2 producer Julie Newman), Jeff Smith who I've worked with while he has headed radios 1 and 2 as well as Capital, his irrepressible boss there , the ever present Richard Park and the marvellous Lesley Douglas , so crucial in establishing Radio 2's dominant position in the national radio market.
Attention to detail was vital in the successful campaigns or Longview and Ray Lamontagne . No one was more precise in this factor than Christian Tattersfield ...ably assisted by A & R guru Alex Gilbert .
The Modest 'dream team' of Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee) as well as Jazz Summers for Soul II Soul (his new book a must read) , have all been a pleasure to work for and learn from as I now enter the 'lions den' of talent management.
I can count two Sex Pistols press conferences as memorable......I'll leave the 2002 Crystal Palace 'incident' for another day ,but here are the boys fresh from arriving on a London bus at the 100 Club on Oxford Street in 1996 to announce the 'Filthy Lucre Tour'.....I'm sure John had said prior to this it was never going to happen! Well it was well worth it.....I remember standing next to both Creation's Alan McGee and Noel Gallagher at The Shepherds Bush Empire who both went to press the following week to proclaim the performances as life affirming (or something to that end).
While consulting on the plans to reopen the nightclub under the East Stand at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge we were regular attendees for home fixtures.....still not quite the Eric Morecambe Suite at Luton Town!
No 5 Cavendish Square in central London my home from home for so many years, venue of so many lunchtime showcases when the BBC Club was being refurbished.
Robin opening the International Boat Show at Excel in London's Docklands with Sunseeker.
First encountered in record shop in Borehamwood in the Summer of 1987, though his publishing hat with the Hit Sheet and to his role at Trinifold, there is only one Paul Kramer.
We had booked Robin and RJ to appear on the Piers Morgan Tonight show on CNN, (recording on this particular week in New York rather than on the West Coast) which fell a few nights after the Premiere at Westminster Central Hall,on the night The Titanic would have docked in New York 100 years earlier.....unfortunately a booking we were not able to make...
With the stars of the BBC's hit comedy Gavin and Stacy (including Rob Brydon,Ruth Jones and Larry Lamb) and Sir Tom Jones , Robin recorded a new version of the brothers song 'Islands In The Stream' for Comic Relief , providing Robin with yet another No 1 hit stretching the decades of No1 songs written by Gibb, Gibb and Gibb to six. The video filmed in an amusement arcade in off season Barry Island in South Wales was a hoot!
Television and radio legend Bob Harris receives a special award from his friend Robin Gibb at Abbey Road Studios in St John's Wood.
14th February 2012 London Palladium .... Last ever performance by Robin Gibb.
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