British Music Industry

Martyn How is the Commercial Director or the British string company Rotosound.  Martyn and his brother Jason carry on the traditions of their pioneering father who started the guitar and bass string company in 1958.  Martyn oversees the sales and marketing for the company as well as performer...
Jason How is the CEO and Chairman of Rotosound, the British string company his father formed in 1958.  James How was an innovative toolmaker who designed equipment that could produce various guitar string gauges in high numbers while retaining consistency.  Jason played a key role in the company’s...
Keith Hubbard formed a band in Liverpool with some of his school mates and called themselves The Rebels. The band enjoyed success in the pre and post Beatles era. In 1963, the band first played The Cavern Club; a small club in Liverpool made famous by the Beatles. Keith later played with a number...
Alun Hughes grew up in Wales, which has a very much musical community, which he became very active and interested.  Playing saxophone, flute and clarinet, Alun realized at an early age that he wanted to have a career in the music industry.  His first job within the industry was in the factory of...
Gareth Hunt is the Managing Director of Soundcontrol, a musical instrument retailer located in England. As a young boy, he played in a traveling band on guitar. In fact, his father was his roadie and driver (after all, it was before Gareth could drive himself). As a player, Gareth could call on his...
Gary Stewart Hurst is known around the industry as “Gary the Fuzzman” for being the inventor of the Tone Bender fuzz pedal, which he began producing in the 1960s. Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page started using Gary’s Tone Benders in 1965 and soon demand for his fuzz pedals came in from around the world....
Denzil Jacobs provided detailed and insightful stories of the piano industry in England from the 1930s into the 1980s. With a gentlemanly manner, Mr. Jacobs provided historical information on the growth of the piano market following World War II and how the Kemble Company expanded and grew under...
Phil Jones grew up in the UK in the 1960s and, like many of his schoolmates, he wanted to be a Beatle!  He played guitar and his first guitar was one he made, and later a bass.  He created his own sound reinforcement company to assist local bands and soon discovered he loved PAs and building...
Laurence Juber, like so many kids in the 1960s, began playing guitar soon after hearing the Beatles for the first time. He couldn’t dream that one day his talents as a guitarist would allow him to play along side Paul McCartney as a member of Wings, the band Paul formed a year after the Beatles...
Brian Justice had been a salesman in many industries in Europe and gained a well-respected name in the music industry for his import/export business between England and Germany, about a decade after World War II. While in the British service, Brian took part in the Berlin Airlift (1948-49) and...

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