Collaboration With Passion
He liked things simple, and had managed many of the biggest names in show business. When I met Vera and her husband Harry, we hit it off straight away. My RAF background and good manners meant that Vera could relax, and allow me full access to her unique photo collection. Vera and I met again at the recording studio to show my visual ideas, and for Derek to hear the progress of the album.
There was no expense spared on the printing, and a beautiful gatefold, photo laden and glossy album was produced. I enjoyed working on many albums with Derek, including, Tony Bennett, Ted Heath, Mantovani, Camarata, Dimitri Tiomkin and many others!
I visited John Pasche the art director, at Chrysalis Records and straight away started to work with him. I designed for Alvin Stardust, Jaki Graham and Billy Idol.
I met the calendar printers for Billy Idol and was then introduced to the Spandau Ballet management. For the next 3 years I enjoyed being asked to design their calendars!
15 Little Portland Street, W1, London. This office was self contained and I designed the room arrangements myself. We had 2 complete photographic darkrooms, with running water! I even had a chinning bar made for me and installed by a company from Covent Garden, they specialized in tubular steel furnishings.
Sometime in 1985, Jacky Moini, asked me if I would design a logo for a new Video Label. The fee would not be much, as the job entailed producing artwork for no less than 50 titles. I produced a selection of logos and awaited an answer.
A logo was selected and my first job was to design some sample covers. I seem to remember designing a film, a music video, and a sports video, to see how the logo might look etc.
The job was a success and I was taken out to dinner to meet Steve Ayres. Steve was a very experienced executive in the video world, and having started the Video Collection (VCI), was concerned that I could produce 50 artworks quickly!