In memory of all EMI staff and the people of Hayes who lost their lives in the defence of our freedom.
The EMI memorial, Cherry Lane Cemetery, which is both a grave marker and commemorative stone for 37 workers from The Gramophone Company, Blyth Road, Hayes killed when a V1 flying-bomb hit a factory surface air-raid shelter on 7 July 1944. Restored by EMI Archive Trust in 1994 by and again in 2009.Read more
THE DAY JOHN MET PAUL
Unique is an overused word but if there was a day that changed popular music forever, July 6, 1957 was that day! By David Hughes Not that anyone knew it at the time, or probably for the next five or six years. In the late 1950’s British music world, skiffle was King. Skiffle was a […]Read more
DR. ALAN KELLY June 1928 – December 2015
A “doyen” is defined as a senior member of an establishment and, if discography is – or discographers are – an establishment, then Alan Kelly who died in December 2015 was certainly a doyen of discographers. Alan was born in Girvan on the Clyde in Scotland. He took his MA at Glasgow in 1948 and […]Read more
EMI are taking a trip down memory lane at Hayes Old Vinyl Factory
EMI are inviting former employees at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, to come back and share their memories of the iconic site. The factory was a major employer for the town and produced records by some of the world’s best-known artists, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard. The reunion will take […]Read more
Memories of EMI – Kate Calloway on Don McLean and ‘finding herself’!
I had that weird feeling when I came across this crowd shot whilst scanning Don McLean images for Universal (Music Group) I remembered going to this free concert at Hyde Park (though I didn’t remember that it was May 1975, or that I’d recently turned 17). I thought ‘wouldn’t it be funny if I could […]Read more
Chekhov’s Band: Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives 1908-1913
“Our famous, Jewish orchestra, you remember, four violins, a flute and a double bass” (Gayev in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, 1904) Renair records are proud to announce the fourth of their series of issues exploring the story of Jewish recorded music. Produced by Julian Futter and with a 40 page booklet written by the […]Read more