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Rob Partridge

Rob Partridge

Rob Partridge was a writer for Melody Maker and other publications before becoming head of press at Island Records in 1977. While at Island, Rob worked with numerous acts from U2 to Tom Waits and Marianne Faithfull. With Neil Storey he set up the independent publicity company Partridge & Storey in 1991, renaming it Coalition in 1996. Rob died in 2008.

List of articles in the library by artist

Average White Band: Cut The Cake (Atlantic)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1975

Hamish Stuart (guitar, vocals), Alan Gorrie (bass, vocals), Onnie Mclntyre (guitar), Roger Ball (keyboards, alto and baritone saxophones), Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), Stephen Ferrone (drums, ...

Bad Company: Straight Shooter (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1975

BAD COMPANY were the most remarkable success story of 1974. The band hit number one in the American charts with their first album, became headliners ...

Maggie Bell: Suicide Sal

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1975

IT'S CURIOUS that Maggie Bell still hasn't got her name up there in lights. ...

Black Sabbath: It's All Word Of Foot

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE BLACK SABBATH album Paranoid, slipped into your record shops a couple of weeks ago. No ballyhoo. The release was as quiet as it was ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dandy Livingstone, Desmond Dekker, John Holt: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Chicken Shack

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1971

STAN WEBB is Chicken Shack. And at the moment he's quite literally the whole band – the rest of the original members left when the ...

Jimmy Cliff: From Reggae To Riches

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

IT MUST BE almost three years since the last hit record. God, that's an artistic lifespan for many people, but somehow he manages to suggest ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Leon Russell — Super Group?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

THERE ARE GROUPS, super-groups and super-super-groups. But there must be a new name for a combination of Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1975

DON COVAY'S resurrection as an artist was one of the brightest events of last year. His 'It's Better To Have' made number 21 in the ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Clapton, Jagger, Harrison and Lennon Rave Over Them

Profile by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1969

REPUTATIONS travel, Delaney And Bonnie's travel via Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and George Harrison. ...

Dr. John: Doctor John: Doctor Feelgood!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

COULD THAT possibly be Mac Rebennack peeping through the Dr. John persona? Just like, say, Sly Stone and Sylvester Stewart. ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Idle Race: Electric Light Orchestra: Light And Bitter

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1974

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, FRIDAY: The film man wants to know the running order of the show tonight. ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues, The Move, Spencer Davis Group, Wizzard: Brum Beat

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"Liverpool today – Birmingham tomorrow. That's the forecast for the beat business in rock music. Yes, the Brum Beat is all set to take over ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Roy Wood, The Small Faces, Wizzard: Don Arden: The Hit Man

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1974

He's been called the Al Capone of pop, and the reputation's, shall we say, a little heavy. A nervous Robert Partridge talks to Don Arden... ...

David Essex: Jesus Rocks On!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

"Hey, shout summertime bluesJump up and down in blue suede shoes" ...

The Faces: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, March 1970

THE FIRST thing you notice about them is why they're not "The Small Faces" anymore. Rod Stewart, the new vocalist, is head and shoulders above ...

Fairport Convention: The Banana Convention

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE WAY DAVE PEGG sees it, what America needs is Fairport Convention's High Banana Content Programme. ...

Fleetwood Mac: Falling Victim To An Epidemic

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, June 1970

GROUP SPLITS have become the foot-and-mouth disease of pop. And this year the splits have become almost endemic with British bands. ...

Free: Free For All

Report by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, July 1970

A front row view of how Swindon got FREED ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: Why I Killed the King

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, October 1974

King Crimson finally abdicated last week. But the end came with a whimper, an official statement merely commented that the band had "ceased to exist". ...

Jethro Tull: Why Tull Called It A Day

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

JETHRO TULL's manager Terry Ellis this week accused rock critics of "taking advantage of their unassailable position to be abusive." ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"If hype means projecting your artist, I'm going to produce the biggest hype ever" – Jerry Brandt talking to ROBERT PARTRIDGE about his latest discovery, ...

Carole King: King Is The Queen

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Carole King: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Edgar Winter, The Kinks, Lindisfarne, Sly & The Family Stone: Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott & The Name Game...

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1970

SOME BANDS try harder. Like Mott The Hoople for instance. You try walking around with a name like that. ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria's Magic Moment

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, May 1975

ENCORE time at Stony Brook, Long Island. Maria Muldaur had just finished an impressive set and the kids were yelling out for more of the ...

Randy Newman:

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1974

PERHAPS THIS boy had an image problem. Randy Newman's first album, for instance, had a picture of him looking like he'd never heard of rock ...

Professor Longhair: The Nutty Professor

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, September 1973

THE PROFESSOR, THEY SAY, INFLUENCED just about every musician in New Orleans. And it’s not a claim he’s about to deny. "I taught most of ...

Quintessence: Notting Hill Gate – a Single, a Group, and a Place

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1970

LONDON WEST Ten is the Grove. It is that part of Notting Hill straddling Ladbroke Grove, where, over the past few years, a whole new ...

Doug Sahm: Book of Sahm

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

"You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lotta soul" – 'At The Crossroads' by the Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969. ...

Boz Scaggs: Boz Of The Blues

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1974

WE'RE just talking, comparing favourite singers, when Boz Scaggs happens to mention Bobby "Blue" Bland. ...

Stealers Wheel: Wheel Of Fortune

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

JOE EGAN used to be in a band called the Mavericks. Nothing much, just a young band from Paisley, a tough industrial town on the ...

Rod Stewart: How Rod's Old Raincoat Didn't Let Him Down

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, October 1970

ROD STEWART is a walking synopsis of British rock music. He's been in there from the golden days of CND, through the Rod The Mod ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Conquering Quiverlands

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

FOR NINE WEEKS now, the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver have toured America with Elton John. Their single, '(I Don't Want To Love You But) You ...

Tammy Wynette: Truckers' Choice

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, April 1975

No-one captures the ideals of Middle America quite like Tammy Wynette. And she's got the hits to prove it — an astounding 24 Number Ones. ...

Allen Toussaint: Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

THEY KNOW, of course, which one is Dr John. The Swiss photographers huddle around the stage, clicking their Nikons like American tourists determined to capture ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

TRAFFIC, ON OCCASIONS, have the ability to sound like the most demanding and mature rock band in the world. Trouble is, each time they've reached ...

The Who: Live At Leeds (Track)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

'Young Man'; 'Substitute'; 'Summertime Blues'; 'Shakin' All Over'; 'My Generation'; 'Magic Bus'. ...

Pete Wingfield: Breakfast Special (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE ONLY question this album leaves unresolved is why no one thought of recording Pete Wingfield before. ...

Tammy Wynette: Going UP Country

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1975

How come a seven-year-old single, re-issued for the fifth time, made it to number one? Robert Partridge gets the full story behind Tammy Wynette's 'Stand ...

Tammy Wynette: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, June 1975

THREE MONTHS ago Tammy Wynette was little more than cowboy fodder in Britain, appealing only to a small body of country freaks. But, one smasheroo ...

Frank Zappa: Portrait Of The Artist As A Businessman

Interview by Paul Phillips, Rob Partridge, Cream, January 1972

"IF you’re making £10 a night, you’ll be screwed. When you’re making £1,000 a night, you’ll still get screwed... only you’re being screwed for more." ...

List of genre pieces

Is Pop Music Putting The Boot In For Bovver?

Overview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

Robert Partridge argues that violence has taken on a different meaning ...

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