Home

Tours | Categories (New, Hot) | Map

Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -

Contact Us

IN THE NEWS

Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Princess Diana Tour
The Princess Diana Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th August 1966 Born today: Rosey Edeh, London England, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96)

16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London

16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)

16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)

16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London

16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)

For Island, Life begins at 50



For Island, Life begins at 50

2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records

Location: 22 St Peters Square, chiswick, W6 9NW

Description: Bob Marley, U2, Roxy Music and Nick Drake are among the artists who have called the Island Records label home over the last 50 years.

The Island story started in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1959, when 22-year-old jazz fanatic Chris Blackwell fell in love with the music of a jazz pianist called Lance Hayward, who had been performing in his hotel.

So Blackwell took him into a recording studio. 'I just loved the band,' Blackwell says. 'It was purely driven by being a fan.

'It wasn't driven by thinking, 'This is a great business to go into'. I was teaching waterskiing which was great fun. A great way to meet girls.'

By 1962, Jamaica had gained its independence from the UK and Blackwell decided that his white skin meant he 'would be viewed more as part of yesterday than tomorrow'.

So he moved to London and set about peddling his repertoire to record shops and stalls, tearing around in his Mini Cooper with stacks of records in the back.

By the early 1970s, Island was one of the hottest labels in the country, home to rock and folk acts like Free, Traffic, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson.

Blackwell sold Island in 1989, and stepped down as its boss in 1997. Since then, the label's biggest star has been Amy Winehouse, who Blackwell describes as 'an extraordinary artist'.

Despite the drawbacks and turmoil in the music industry, Blackwell says it is a great time for artists and entrepreneurs to take control of their own destinies, as he did five decades ago.

Don't be an Island, be a part of it!


Themes: MusicMusic Theme  CelebrityCelebrity Theme
Ranking This Month: 1643/2778
Pages Hit This Month: 27
Link to This Page: http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location/1653
Credits: http://www.islandrecords.co.uk/

For Island, Life begins at 50

2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records


The Shady Old Lady points out that you can drag this map using mouse. Or visit our full massive map.


Got something to add? Write it 'ere:
Name:     Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:
Other places nearby...

King George II meets Mozart», 4.7km

The English Elvis arrived here», 3.4km

Billy Fury lived here», 4.1km

Sex Pistols lived here», 5.1km

Mozzer lives with the Queen», 3.5km

A Beatle gets Busted», 4.0km

The Heroes of Alma», 3.8km

Dexy's Come on Eileen location», 6.0km

Dave Stewarts Church Studios», 7.8km

Marc Bolan lived here», 9.0km