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Robin Katz

Tamara Jermott is a pseudonym for Robin Katz
Robin Katz

This American is still best known for her weekly Jackson Five (J5) page in Record Mirror, which featured news, fan poems and artwork, love letters and contests. I'm now told that the J5 page of the early 1970s gave "a creative outlet to a generation of young Afro-Caribbean British kids" for which I am very proud.  Under a pseudonym, I also started the J5 fan club for Motown UK, worked there as a press assistant and ghosted Michael's columns in countless teenage magazines. J5 fans used to wait for me outside Record Mirror's Carnaby St. offices or they'd congregate by my flat. As the actual J5 were in America, they would ask for my autograph instead. This was the closest I got to knowing what Paul McCartney's life is like.

Since 1972, I've been published in over 80 papers: Disc, Sounds, Record Mirror, a little NME, Black Echoes and Let It Rock (especially the Women In Rock issue ). I toured with Springsteen for Street Life, circa '75 and landed a cover story on Patti Smith in Sounds (Dec '75). (Truth be told it's only because Barbara Charone couldn't fly to America and write it, due to an ear infection.)

My credits include a few nationals like the Daily Mail, trades like Music Week, women's magazines like Girl About Town, Honey and Over 21. I wrote for countless teenage magazines  like Jackie and Mirabelle, when it was considered corny. Later, I was one of the first writers recruited for Smash Hits, when writing for teens was now considered cool. My radio work includes BBC Radio 4 (with Ned Sherrin), Capital Radio (Sarah Ward's shows), BBC World Service and BBC Radio Scotland. I spent three years editing various magazines for the Virgin Group of companies; including in-flight magazine Hot Air, but later legally battled their radio station over libel and sexual harassment. They settled in 1997. In 1999, I won a Guardian contest to spend several days alone with free internet time and used it to research George Gershwin.

After that, I returned to the USA because of family reasons. Aside from an annual holiday e-letter sent to friends, this is the first thing I've written in a while. Thanks.

List of articles in the library by artist

Althea & Donna: Althea And Donna: Why It's A Hit Beyond Words...

Report by Robin Katz, Daily Mail, January 1978

See mi in mi heels and thing Them check say we hip and thing True them no know and thing We have them going and thing Nah pop no ...

Ashford & Simpson: Behind A Painted Smile

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'You're All I Need To Get By', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing', and 'The Onion Song' were all hits ...

Mike Batt, The Wombles: Mike Batt: Batting About The Bush!

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, October 1977

IF MIKE BATT is sitting near a blank wall, he immediately begins to feel uncomfortable. He's exactly the same when it comes to a blank ...

George Benson: Mr Bad Makes Good

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, September 1976

VETERAN JAZZ guitarist George 'Bad' Benson recently went to school to pick up his young son. Upon arrival, a group of eager young schoolkids clustered ...

Johnny Bristol

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S 'Hang On In There Baby' is currently moving up the American charts. It sounds very much like the Isaac Hayes-Barry White school of ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Ben E. King, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Spinners, Sister Sledge: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

SOUL IS ALIVE... ALIVE ...ALIVE... ALIVE ...

Betty Davis, Miles Davis: Betty Davis: Aisles of Miles

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1975

The ex-wife or Miles Davis is now making it on her own account. Robin Katz reports ...

The Fatback Band: Fatbacks Hit Back

Interview by Robin Katz, Black Echoes, February 1976

SOMEONE BLEW the whistle on the Fatback band this week. "The whole show was disappointing" came the critical opinion. "They basically play the same riff ...

Fumble, Sha Na Na: Sha Na Na/Fumble: Secondhand Oldies But Goodies

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, February 1975

Robin Katz talked to Sha Na Na and Fumble and found that the music never died ...

Generation X: Idol of the Generation

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, July 1978

A Jackie Pop Special On Generation X ...

Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan: Gloria Jones: Keeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, May 1976

GLORIA JONES is the sultry lady sprawled across the sheets who screams through T. Rex's 'Get It On'. Very Tina Turner, and judging from all ...

Grateful Dead: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, September 1974

DEAD? No, just snoozing ...

Hot Chocolate: Ghetto Music — Council Estate Style

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

Robin Katz meets a hot, unified body ...

Thelma Houston: Happy Houston

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, September 1972

IT WASN'T very long ago that Thelma Houston was on everyone's list as most probable new star. The reasoning was simple. Thelma's first album had ...

Janis Ian: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, June 1976

TO EVEN the artist's surprise, the concert was sold out. Standing room was also sold out. The New Victoria audience once more displayed knowledgable enthusiasm ...

The Jackson 5: Don't Treat Them Like Children!

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz continues her inside story of the Jackson Five with a frantic interview at the Churchill ...

The Jackson 5: On Tour With The Jackson 5

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz goes behind the scenes to report on America's top soul group. ...

The Jackson 5: Jacksons Fly In

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

"AH KISSED Jer-a-maine three times," cried the tall girl as she ran into me, almost pushing me to the ground. "I saw Michael! I saw ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: In Town Tonight

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, July 1977

On the last night of The Jacksons visit to London, Michael Jackson realised he hadn't seen the sights. Robin Katz (an American of all people) ...

Janis Ian: The Ugly Duckling That Laid A Golden Egg

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, June 1976

'I am a swan!' sez Janis Ian. 'Right!' sez Robin Katz. ...

Eddie Kendricks: Kendricks Tempts The Mind And Body

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, March 1977

EDDIE KENDRICKS, I'm sorry to say, is not the man he used to be. Thirteen years ago he was one of the Temptations, and was ...

Gladys Knight: Gladys v Motown

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, December 1972

Robin Katz on the likely outcome of a forthcoming battle over contracts ...

The Moments, Sylvia Robinson, Shirley & Co., The Whatnauts: All Platinum Records: A Few Moments With Shirley & Co

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

If 'All Platinum' appears an ambitious name for a record label, consider the fact that their first two UK releases, Shirley and Company's 'Shame Shame ...

Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer: Giorgio Moroder: Donna und Blitzen!

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, October 1977

GIORGIO, Ms Summer's producer, gives the low-down on their sessions in the studio ...

Carly Simon: No Secrets (Elektra)

Review by Robin Katz, New Musical Express, December 1972

CARLY SIMON possesses a great cross between charisma and class. She looks just like Mick Jagger; but never photographs the same way twice. She changes ...

Patti Smith: Poetry In Motion

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, December 1975

PATTI SMITH cannot compromise. She functions on her very own level of stratosphere, creating poetry, writing songs, lapping up the more elusive statics of life. ...

Bobby Womack: Bobby Sox It To Ya

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, February 1977

"HELLO LONDON, it's Bobby Womack on the line." Hello Bobby, you friendly soul. How good to hear your voice again. ...

Bobby Womack: Preacher Bobby's Hour-Long Sermon

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, October 1972

YOU JUST CAN'T talk to Bobby Womack. Don't misunderstand. It's not that this man doesn't have a thing to say, quite the contrary. ...

Lena Zavaroni: A Jackie Pop Special on Lena Zavaroni: I Just Got This Idea That I Was Too Fat...

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, July 1977

LENA ZAVARONI'S just turned thirteen — and she's already been a star for over four years! You might think that instant success at nine years ...

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