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My introduction to the world of show-business came about via my friendship with Peter Knight Jnr. son of Musical Director Peter Knight.

In April 1962, at the instigation of Peter Knight Jr. I attended an interview and was invited to undertake the job as Road Manager with pop singer Eden Kane. On the 11th, twenty-four days before my 21st birthday, I joined Eden at the ABC Hull where he was appearing on the Larry Parnes 'Spring Tour' and duly became the youngest Road Manager in the business.

Mal in 1951
Mal came up with the idea of the
Spice Girls in 1951. Unfortunately
the world just wasn't ready

I left Eden in June 1963 and was immediately invited to join Shane Fenton & The Fentones. In August, I was approached by impresario Arthur Howes and invited to join him as Company Tour Manager.

During my three year association with Arthur Howes, I toured with most of the noted artistes of the Merseybeat era: Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, The Remo 4, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Dennisons, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Searchers, The Chants, The Escorts, The Mojos and of course Cilla Black.

During my second tour for Arthur, Brian Epstein invited me to join NEMS as his right-hand man and oversee his day-to-day activities as well as his artistes touring commitments. I declined Brian's offer and stayed with Arthur Howes.

Among the other artistes I toured with were Helen Shapiro, Tommy Roe, Bobby Rydell, Gene Pitney, The Ronettes, The Tremeloes, Bill Black Combo, The Kinks, The Spotniks, Marianne Faithfull, Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, The Searchers, Del Shannon, Ben E King, Jackie de Shannon, Mark Wynter, Ronnie Dyson, Kim Weston, Lulu also comedians Jimmy Tarbuck, Bryan Burden, Billy Burdon and Ted Rodgers.

I was appointed Tour Manager for the first Tamla Motown Revue to visit the UK in 1965. The show featured the original Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard), Stevie Wonder, Martha & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and special guest Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames.

I was instrumental in Arthur Howes granting a somewhat unknown Welsh crooner called Tom Jones his first major concert appearance, on a Sunday concert at The Embassy in Peterborough. The show starred Gerry & the Pacemakers and The Kinks.

...I had the misfortune to do Arthur a favour on the Canned Heat tourof Europe and Scandinavia, a diabolical experience.....

In 1967, I toured Germany and Holland with David Garrick who had a massive No-1 chart hit in both countries with 'Dear Mrs Appleby'. Following those tours David was contracted to star in a Beat-Opera called 'Robinson 2000' at the Theatre des Westerns in West Berlin which turned out to be an absolute disaster (it didn't help that the star didn't speak a word of German) and closed at the end of the first week.

Having enjoyed my time in West Berlin I negotiated a deal to work there for club owner Rolf Eden and promote his four night clubs. Flower Power hadn't happened in West Germany so, through a series of parties, I introduced Flower-Power (at least) to West Berlin. The first party featured in the European-American newspaper The Herald Tribune, while the second party was featured in the James Cameron BBC Television documentary series 'Through One Pair Of Eyes'.

In 1968 I joined Long John Baldry as Tour Manager. Later that year Gene Pitney invited me to become his regular Tour Manager in the UK and Europe, during which I introduced him to the lucrative northern cabaret circuit. The association with Gene lasted through to November 1973.