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#109801
Alexis Podmore

Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
Trying to get accurate info on your early days and trial is quite hard JK. Did you win an Ivor Novello Award in 1975? Did you work for Decca? Was Max Clifford involved in your trial?
 
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#109803
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
Best to read 65 My Life So Far or the Biography section here - or to watch Vile Pervert: The Musical for the actual facts. Other sites tend to get hijacked by trolls and haters, or even simply those to whom important facts are different to those I regard as important. I never worked for anyone other than myself - I had freelance contracts, through my companies, with many labels and corporations, including the BBC. After Moon I produced (i.e. paid all costs and owned all rights) for a variety of labels (for example, Genesis were through Decca in the UK, Atlantic in the USA). I ran Decca twice for Sir Edward Lewis (unpaid - very unusual - as a part time consultant... I described my role as his mascot). Some of my best known and best loved tracks weren't hits (The Sun Has Got His Hat On). Yes, Max boasts in his Biography about having a framed letter on his wall from Surrey Police thanking him for starting the wrongful prosecution and conviction in my case. I suspect he may now have removed it from display. And yes, I was given an Award from the Ivors (I couldn't attend so it was accepted on my behalf by Joe Loss - it took me forever getting the ghastly statuette back from him "I'm keeping it; it's in my toilet" he said).
 
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#109816
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
One can verify you won the Ivor in 1975 from other sources on the net, Wikipedia is too unreliable.

Why did you win it though? I understood it was for Una Paloma Blanca, but that was written by George Baker. Aren't the Ivors for excellence in songwriting and composing?
 
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#109821
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
No idea why, Gnomo; it was for the Record of the Year - I think it may have been because mine was the bigger selling version of a song which, with both sales added together, would have been the biggest selling song of the year. I have to say it's one of the more trivial details of my life; I regard current projects as far more important.
 
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#109822
andrew

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
Is the Ivor that great ?
 
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#109823
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
No it gets less publicity even than Brits and Grammys.
 
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#109824
andrew

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
didn't think think so even the Grammys seems like an excuse just to get pissed.
 
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#109829
Pru

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
If you go on Amazon, go to Mike Rutherford's new book, click on the cover, search for 'king', you'll get all the bits about JK, including his multi-mirrored bathroom.
 
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#109831
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
And hints that I might have been gay and might have fancied him. In yer dreams, Mike, in yer dreams!
 
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#109833
andrew

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
I thought a lot of people fancied me turned out they just liked me lol.

You don't fancy Mike just a little bit JK ?
 
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#109839
Alexis

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
They want you to photograph your award - can you do that? Also they say you didn't discover the Rollers. You did, didn't you?
 
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#109840
Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
No I can't be bothered to photograph the bloody thing Alexis - and if I did it would be called a forgery! That was why I put clippings and cuttings from my scrap books into 65 My Life So Far; anyone really interested can read them and see what happened. The trolls who like to denigrate my (extremely minor) accomplishments will simply sneer and snarl "fake". And no, I never "discovered" the Rollers - as anybody can read in my book or my biog here - I was asked to produce them (I was the top producer in the UK by then) by Dick Leahy who ran their label, and did so, using session musicians and singing most of the backing vocals myself, as anyone with ears can hear. They were not the finest of musicians at the time.

I "discovered" Genesis - and named them, as well as producing them. I "discovered" 10cc and named them but never produced them; they produced themselves. Trolls like to misquote and then claim I lied when I never actually said it. Why start trying to convert the mentally afflicted? Let them believe what they want to believe! Am I lying about Una Paloma Blanca? No, nor about anything else. But it really doesn't matter. There are far more important and current topics (see my Grammys thoughts).
 
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#109924
dixie

Re:Questions for JK 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
JK2006 wrote:
No it gets less publicity even than Brits and Grammys.

I have to disagree with you regarding The Ivors. I would suggest it is probably the most prestige of all the UK Award shows, and by song writers (who are often the performers too), consider winning an Ivor up there with winning a Brit or a Grammy. It may not get the same level of publicity because they deliberately donít allow TV cameras into the event. The awards are for song writing and award winners are voted for only by their fellow song writers. Iíve been to every Ivors since 1994 and I think I can count on one hand the number of times a recipient hasnít been there to receive their award. In fact a few years ago, I know of a British artist flying in from Los Angeles that morning and returning the same evening. When I asked her why, she said she wouldnít have missed it for the world. (She didnít know sheíd won beforehand, but I suspect her manager did!).

The Ivors is, in my opinion, the most prestigious UK Music Industry Award Ceremony.
 
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