Happy birthday to singer Tommy Roe (1942) and singer Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) (1944).
From West Covina, I was offered a job at the distributor that owned the store I was working for. Late ’78 or early ’79? No girlfriend, all the high school girlfriends were busy now in college! My band was “active” at that time, too. The distributor was in Glendale, CA – about 35 miles from my home, but I could carpool with my late brother, who also worked there.
I worked for the guy who had taken over the ‘imported’ product; so I pulled orders and got to use the shrinkwrap machine a lot! My brother worked in the special order office and he seemed to fit in to working there better than I did. I am maybe 21 at this time. It was during this time that I first went to England and Europe.
I continued working at Superior Music Distributor, working more and enjoying it less. Little did I know that the main course was just on the horizon!
I went to work for Tony Harrington in 1982. USS&M, with an understanding that bI could run a mail-order business ANZ Imports. I went to New Zealand 7 times between 1980 and 1987. I imported LP’s from New Zealand from about 1982 to 1987. I knew (and know) lots of music business people – in New Zealand.
A guy I met in NZ moved to England, and earned a lot of money. He wanted a tax break, so he asked me about setting up an exporting company. I had worked at an importer; I knew how to write catalogues, and how to arrange for shipments to be picked up etc.
The then-wife and I moved to England in late 1989, to check things out and to discuss further what paperwork had to be done for us to officially move to England. We moved to England in February, 1990.
The guy hadn’t set any of it up. He’d leased premises, but that was it! It took ages to get accounts at record companies; and the shipping of product took more than a small bit of figuring out.
We only stayed in England a year, both the wife and I did our respective parts – she wrote a book catalogue and I wrote an LP / CD catalogue – all items that could potentially be exported.
The food wasn’t very good in England, in 1990. We had to go to Holland to buy groceries!