SHORT HISTORY OF
JOHN MILES ORGANISATION
In 1958 I agreed to manage a pop group called Daryl Grant and the Descants and as the bookings rolled in more groups were taken on and the John Miles Organisation had truly started.
The Cougars, whom I represented in 1960, had a hit called Saturday Night at the Duckpond, which was banned by the BBC as it was a rock version of Tchaikovski's Swan Lake.
Throughout the late fifties through to the mid sixties I booked most of the major recording artistes and promoted thousands of shows.
In 1963 when the Beatles burst on to the music scene, the John Miles Organisation was handling over 350 groups with as many as 40 working full time in the German clubs. Considerable success was achieved in the German music charts.
After 8 hectic years I decided I wanted to move on from representing such a large amount of talented pop groups and to concentrate on just a few acts, and spend time building them into major acts.
The first person who walked into my office in June 1966 was Adge Cutler, who had written a number of localised songs, Drink Up Thy Zyder, Champion Dung Spreader, When the Common Market comes to Stanton Drew, etc. A backing group called the Wurzels was formed and Adge Cutler and the Wurzels was started.
I approached Bob Barratt at EMI records whom I had dealt with as the Producer of The Cougars Records, and Bob suggested I bring Adge and the Wurzels to London. He booked Abbey Road Studio 2 where the Beatles had recorded their hits and spent a whole day recording Adge's songs with the idea of considering whether it was worth offering a recording contract. In 1966 EMI and all the other major record companies had made vast amounts of money but latterly had also lost lots on their latest signings as the Merseyside etc. sound started to decrease, so they were very cautious who they signed. I knew we had to make a big impression, so I suggested Adge and the Wurzels bring all their Wurzel stage clothes and 10 miles outside London I got them to change. When we pulled up outside Abbey Road, they jumped out of the van dressed in this strange garb, I pushed a milk churn out of the door which rolled down the drive, and with bales of straw falling everywhere the big impression seemed to be working as secretaries were hanging out of upstairs windows to see what was all the fuss.
Later in the studio I noticed a silver-haired man speaking to Bob, who then introduced me to the Chairman of EMI. He told me he wondered what all the commotion was, and wanted to listen to the tapes at the end of the day. He did and we got our contract.
Adge Cutler and the Wurzels released their first record Drink Up Thy Zider which made the top 40 and in the following years they sold vast quantities of albums and had an enormous cult following playing clubs throughout the UK.
Sadly, and tragically, Adge died in a road crash in the early hours of May 5th, 1974, just as international fame was beckoning.
I persuaded the Wurzels to continue with the promise that I would get them a No 1 hit. Two years later, in 1976, we had Combine Harvester at No 1, then the follow up I am a Cider Drinker made No 3.
Further hits followed, including I Hate JR.
I represented Adge Cutler and the Wurzels and then the Wurzels for an exciting and enjoyable 21 years, and we are still good friends today.
In 1973, with my brother Tony (Smiley Miley) together we supplied the first Radio One Road Show stage unit, and for the following 21 years produced and sold all the Radio One Merchandise.
With our mail order company Radio One Offers we produced Radio One Calendars, Magazines and nearly 100 different Radio One products.
In our long association with the BBC we were licensed exclusively to produce all Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 products, plus many other long running BBC TV shows, including It's a Knockout, Seaside Special, Crackerjack etc etc.
In the mid seventies I started representing Radio One DJ's, the first being Kid Jensen, followed by Peter Powell, Adrian Juste, Janice Long, Paul Burnett etc. In all I represented 9 Radio 1 DJ's.
Another DJ I started representing in the early 1980's was Timmy Mallett who, at that time, was presenting his radio show on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, then moved to London and spent many years at TV AM presenting his successful Wacaday Show. He reached No 1 in the Charts in 1980 with Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
For 10 years from the mid 1980's I represented TV Chef Keith Floyd, who sadly passed away in 2009.
It was around this time I was fortunate to start representing the lovely Carol Vorderman, who celebrated 25 years on Countdown in 2007 and is even more busy today presenting many TV shows including Pride of Britain and producing books, DVD's etc.
I represented for nearly 20 years Cornish Comedian Jethro, promoting 120 sell out concerts every year and selling millions of DVD's.
I have known Noel Edmonds for 35 years and our relationship has stood the test of time through Radio One Road Shows, Crinkley Bottom, Mr Blobby to the present day with his most exciting return to TV with his hit Deal or No Deal Show on C4 and Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old for Sky One, plus the return of Noel's Christmas Presents.
Having known Des O'Connor for over 20 years, it was good to see him on TV every weekday afternoon with Carol on Countdown.
The great Tommy Cooper I knew and booked many times, so it is a great pleasure to continue representing the Tommy Cooper Estate after many years.
Martin Bashir is based in New York.
I represented the brilliant broadcaster Paul Burnett for nearly 30 years and in more recent years Terry Nutkins, Martin Brundle, Sue Cook, Nigel Marven, Mike Read, Jamie Breese, George Ferguson, Nick Knowles and Alex Lovell.
In 2008 I celebrated 50 years of representing artistes and they have been 50 very exciting years, with some sadness, but much happiness.
It was with much pride that I received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2009 in recognition of my services to cancer charities.
I thank you all and not least my loyal PA who has been with me since July 1976, Mandy Berry.
Representing the following:-
Carol Vorderman Noel Edmonds Des O'Connor
Timmy Mallett Martin Bashir Nigel Marven
Sue Cook Alex Lovell Terry Nutkins
Martin Brundle Mike Read Jamie Breese
George Ferguson Tommy Cooper Estate