I’ve had a varied professional life, but at the centre of most of it has been music. Before I left school, I had started writing songs and had formed a band. Later I performed solo with just an acoustic guitar. Then I got a job at Music Week, the industry trade magazine which gave me access to every record company in London. Later I was snatched away by Dan Loggins, Kenny’s brother, to work in a&r at CBS Records (now Sony BMG). After that, heading for my late 20s, I realised if I wanted to make records, I’d better get on with it. I got a deal and released my first single in November 1978, two months shy of my 30th birthday. My birthday present in January 1979 was to be hovering outside the top 30. When the first chart of 1979 was published – in Music Week, of course – I was in the top 20. Life, you would think, couldn’t get much better. But, in fact, it did. Later I had success as a magazine publisher and found that just as exciting, and much longer-lived. Now I’m back to music, after a nearly 30-year break, and loving the freedom of not worrying about charts, and of having the world of recording at my fingertips, on my desk, in my spare room. Oh, technology! How do I love thee….

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