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Royston Eldridge

Royston Eldridge

A student of Sir George Martin, Royston Eldridge spent his early years as a scribe on Melody Maker in the '60s and '70s, before going on to become Chris Wright's wingman during the golden age of Chrysalis Records. He played a key role in the rise of Jethro Tull, Billy Idol, Sinéad O’Connor and many more. As A&R Director at the label in 1979, he signed the Specials and their 2-Tone label to a ground-breaking deal that gave the Coventry group not only their own label identity, but the right to sign and release 10 other singles. More recently, he and his son Sam have managed the likes of Liam Gallagher, pop powerhouse Jess Glynne and BRIT-winning singer/songwriter Tom Odell.

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Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick: Dionne Warwick — The Ability to Communicate an Emotion

Profile and Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 25 April 1970

DIONNE WARWICK'S beautiful performance in concert at London's Royal Albert Hall last week was a demonstration of how a rare talent overcomes any sort of ...

Barbra Streisand: Face To Face With The Funny Girl...

Report and Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 25 January 1969

SHE SWEPT into her press reception at London's Dorchester Hotel like a queen. ...

Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds: The Sounds Talk-in: Jeff Beck

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 1 May 1971

IT'S BEEN a long wait but you've got a new group now. How long has it been together? ...

Bob & Earl: Bob and Earl Mystery is Solved

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 10 May 1969

AS THE ancient 'Harlem Shuffle' made pop history by jumping into the top ten six years late, American due Bob and Earl arrived in Britain ...

Brinsley Schwarz: From Kippington Lodge to the Empire State

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 18 April 1970

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ, the band born out of the small time frustrations of Kippington Lodge, are the outfit the whole of the rock media were taken ...

James Brown: Superbad (Polydor 2310 089)

Review by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 17 April 1971

HAVING ADMITTED that James Brown is the premier entertainer in soul after seeing him in concert at the Albert Hall, I thought that perhaps I ...

James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Taste: Albums from Isaac Hayes, Taste and James Brown

Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 10 January 1970

Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (Stax) Tremendously successful in the States, this is the first solo album from Isaac Hayes, better known as the hit songwriter with Dave ...

Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave, Joe Tex: Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 31 January 1970

IT'S BEEN three years since a soul tour of such importance has been to Britain. Then, in the spring of 1967, it was Otis Redding ...

Chicago

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 6 December 1969

SELDOM HAS a group caused such a stir with a first album. America's Chicago became the most talked about band in Britain on the strength ...

Chicago ...Moving From Jazz-Rock To Classical-Rock

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 31 January 1970

STEVIE WINWOOD'S 'I'm A Man', the 1967 hit for the old Spencer Davis group, has brought the jazz-rock combination of Chicago to the puzzling British ...

Joe Cocker: Why Did Cocker's White Soul Fail?

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 18 October 1969

ROYSTON ELDRIDGE TALKING TO JOE COCKER ON THE EVE OF AN AMERICAN TOUR ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Swamp Rock That Wasn't

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 31 October 1970

The SOUNDS Talk-in — JOHN FOGERTY of Creedence Clearwater Revival: an exclusive interview by Royston Eldridge ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Messrs Crosby Stills and Nash Enlarge the Company

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 9 August 1969

CROSBY, STILLS and Nash are no longer just the ex-Byrd, ex-Buffalo Springfield and former Hollie supergroup. They've added new partners to the rock band with ...

David Ruffin: Feelin' Good (Tamla Motown)

Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 18 April 1970

IT WAS expected that David Ruffin would be able to stretch out away from the confines of the Temptations and his first solo single and ...

Fleetwood Mac: Sold Out? Gerroff!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 1 March 1969

PETER GREEN defends Fleetwood Mac ...

The Flirtations, The Foundations, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder, The Foundations, The Flirtations: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 15 March 1969

Stevie's a big star now ...

The Flock, Johnny Winter, Steamhammer: Johnny Winter, Flock, Steamhammer: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 25 April 1970

ANY AMERICAN rock act is guaranteed a standing ovation at London's Royal Albert Hall these days. Johnny Winter deserved one on Friday night at the ...

The Foundations: Foundations Aren't Going To Desert The British Public

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 29 March 1969

THE FOUNDATIONS aren't going to permanently desert these shores for the richer pickings across the Atlantic even though they're only now losing the title of ...

The Four Tops: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 17 October 1970

THE WORST part of growing up is that your teenage favourites tend to lose their magic as the years pass. Thankfully, whatever the Tops have ...

Erma Franklin, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett/Erma Franklin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 27 September 1969

A Vote For Wilson (Pickett That Is!) ...

Gene Vincent: Vincent, The Great Rock And Roller is Back

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 15 November 1969

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Jethro Tull: Now Jethro Tull Aim For The Pop Thirty

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 10 May 1969

UNDERGROUND GROUPS as a rule aren't concerned about the singles charts. ...

Jimmy Page, Screaming Lord Sutch: Screaming Lord Sutch: Heavy Friends Help The Lord's Comeback

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 11 April 1970

LORD SUTCH is back! The perennial rocker has come screaming back on the rock scene, after two years of abdication in America, through the help ...

Johnny Nash: Wise Guy With A Difference

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 26 April 1969

POP IS A precarious business as so many artists will tell you. The fame and fortune that arrives overnight can disappear at an even faster ...

Marv Johnson: Part-time Hitmaker from the Grocery Shop

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 22 March 1969

THE STORY behind the success of Motown man Marv Johnson — one of the host of Tamla invaders in the chart — reads like a ...

King Crimson's New Court

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 17 October 1970

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't look like a rock star with those funny little spectacles through which he watches a world that's still to feel the full ...

Led Zeppelin: How They Got Led Zeppelin Off The Ground...

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

OUT IN THE wilds of Willesden, a not-so-salubrious part of North London, Britain's heaviest band are cutting tracks for their second album before they return ...

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: Marvin Gaye: With The Solo Success Comes A Little Sadness

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 5 April 1969

MARVIN GAYE PHONES FROM DETROIT AS 'GRAPEVINE' HITS No. 1 ...

The McCoys, Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter Speaking

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 17 October 1970

THE IDEA of Johnny Winter, Texan albino, blues guitarist and underground legend, working with the McCoys, bubble-gum lightweights sold on their teenage looks, would have ...

The Nashville Teens, Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent, Nashville Teens: Palladium, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 29 November 1969

GENE VINCENT COULD DO NO WRONG ...

Nina Simone: Nina's The Medium For The Message

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 19 April 1969

NINA SIMONE, the artist, is the High Priestess of Soul, the blues singer and the jazz pianist. Nina Simone, the person, is compelling, formidable, and ...

Peter Sarstedt: Girl Dentist Put Peter On The Road To Fame!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 8 March 1969

PETER SARSTEDT would probably still be tramping footsore and penniless around Europe if it wasn't for a Danish dental student named Anita who stopped songwriter ...

Randy Newman: The Man They All Dig Doesn't Dig Himself

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 25 January 1969

BEATLE PAUL McCartney phoned to say how much he likes his work; Frank Sinatra wants him to write an album but the man himself doesn't ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson, Proving That Miracles Still Happen

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 14 February 1970

WILLIAM 'Smokey' Robinson is the lead singer of the Miracles, vice president of Motown Records and the man Dylan has described as "America's greatest living ...

The Rolling Stones: One Plus One (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 19 July 1969

SYMPATHY For The Devil, re-titled One Plus One, is the Jean-Luc Godard film which features the Stones as they were before Brian's death — enough ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Taylor: A Year As A Stone

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 10 October 1970

HATFIELD, Hertfordshire, is a long way from Altamont, California, and the Rolling Stones are a big step from John Mayall but Mick Taylor has made ...

The Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor: Mick Taylor: The Other Mick...

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 21 June 1969

MICK TAYLOR, 20-year-old ex-Bluesbreaker from Welwyn, and for just over a week the new guitarist with the group that first brought rebellion to pop. ...

Max Romeo: Facts From Max

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 29 November 1969

...on the current Reggae boom ...

Savoy Brown Take on a New Identity

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 1 February 1969

WHEN THE Savoy Brown first started the only other band on the British blues scene was John Mayall... but that was four years ago before ...

Sergio Mendes: Brasil '66 Bring A Taste Of Latin Rock

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 18 January 1969

WE'VE HAD just about every kind of rock you can imagine — rock and roll, rocksteady, hard-rock... but now there's a new one and it's ...

Percy Sledge: Have Percy!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 6 December 1969

THREE YEARS ago an unknown singer recorded what was to become one of the greatest soul ballads of all time. ...

The Small Faces: 'Lazy Sunday' The Hit Stevie Didn't Want

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 4 May 1968

WHAM! — It's the Small Faces screaming back up the chart with one of their best-ever singles, the fun-packed, all-action 'Lazy Sunday', now at number ...

Joe South: A Kaftan and Cups of English Tea

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 24 May 1969

Royston Eldridge catches up with Joe South over breakfast at the May Fair ...

Taste: A Taste of Free Form Rock and Roll

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 17 January 1970

THE ROCK revolution somehow missed France. While neighbours Germany and Scandinavia have followed similar lines to those developing here, the hip French have only recently ...

Taste — the Split and the Future

Report and Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 31 October 1970

ROCK MUSIC today is schizophrenic. It's trying to be creative, an art form breaking through the barriers that have limited it for so long and ...

Taste: Marquee, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 29 November 1969

THERE AREN'T many groups in Britain who fans will queue in the rain for Taste, a trio of Irishmen formed a little over a year ...

The Temptations: Temptations...

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 24 January 1970

...talking to Royston Eldridge ...

Stevie Wonder: STEVIE WONDER explains the latest sound from Tamla... FUNKEDELIC!

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 15 March 1969

AT THE AGE of 19, Stevie Wonder is something of a soul business veteran. But after meeting and seeing him in action, it's easy to ...

Stevie Wonder: Where I'm Coming From (Tamla Motown STML 11183)

Review by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 31 July 1971

MOTOWN HAS always had a readily identifiable sound whether the artist be David Ruffin or the Four Tops. Until now, that is. ...

Yes: A Drop of Vintage Yes

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Sounds, 31 October 1970

YES MADE the notional newspapers last week on the strength of their signing with Hemdale. They've been worthy of acclaim, however, during the past year ...

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