The music business is littered with A & R faux pas, the most notable is Dick Rowe's. Dick was the head of A & R at Decca in the 50's and early sixties. He'd made some very good signings, which include Them, The Moody Blues, The Zombies, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Tornados, Tom Jones, The Small Faces, Marmalade, and The Rolling Stones. However, when Brian Epstein turned up in his office and, after a lengthy audition, he turned down The Beatles.
ABBA first found success at the Eurovision Song Contest February 1974, with their pastiche to the British Glam Rock Sound, Waterloo. An anthemia and melodic pop song with catchy hook line chorus, a wall of sound production and powerful horn sections that penetrated the brain with the harmonious 'Waterloo'.
When I started work at Polydor in the early '70's, it was a dream come true. I'd worked at HMV records in Oxford Street for five years, and was bored with working in a shop, even though it was the biggest in Europe. Laurie Adams, who was Polydor's Tape Marketing Manager, turned up unexpectedly and took me out to lunch.
In between Glam Rock and Punk, was a band called Jook, who visually distinguished themselves by donning the popular at the time ‘terrace culture’ look. This was an adaptation of the skinhead look of the late 60’s, but the trousers were slightly more flared, wore at times half-mast, and length had returned to the hair,