Label: Polydor - 2310 279 • Series: Circle Of Sound • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen • Style: Easy Listening
And all along, he made best-selling records of instrumental pop and mood music that sold on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in London and trained as a pianist, Norrie Paramor became a piano player and arranger for Jack Harris ' and Maurice Winnick 's dance bands.
He served in an entertainment unit attached to the Royal Air Force starting inproviding music for performances in Blackpool. Life as a performer didn't appeal to him, however, and after five years he gave it up to concentrate on studio work, with an emphasis on arranging and conducting.
His first work as a studio musician was playing accompaniment on singles by Marie Benson. He initially joined EMI Records as a conductor leading his own pop orchestra. Those recordings and the periodic ventures that followed, would keep Paramor 's name before the public, with records that fit nicely alongside the work of Paul Weston and other easy listening bandleaders of the period.
For most of the '50s, Paramor was associated with pop music, including two good-selling studio orchestras that he created, the Big Ben Banjo Band and the Big Ben Hawaiian Band, who recorded and appeared on the BBC; they became so popular with their mix of ethnic-flavored pop music and trad i.
Dixieland jazz, that Paramor who had specifically wanted to stop working on the road in had to organize touring editions of both bands to satisfy the demand for personal appearances and dance concerts. He could not possibly have If Love Were All - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - The Magnificence Of Noel Coward , however, that his biggest discoveries were still ahead of him, and lay in a brand of music that was as new to him and to EMI as it was to most of England.
Already, bychanges started overtaking popular music in England. A distinct teenage audience emerged around that time. ByBritish record labels were looking for homegrown talent that could pull these sounds together. Norrie Paramor won the competition for EMI, scoring the first and the biggest in mid when he signed Cliff Richard and his backing band the Drifters later rechristened the Shadows. It had been Paramor 's original intent to sign Richard Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert a solo act, backed by the Ken Jones Orchestrabut the Shadows impressed him sufficiently Georgia, Georgia - Elliott Smith - New Moon their clean, professional sound, the tightness of their playing with Richardand their serious attitude toward music to keep the group together as a performing and recording unit.
Beginning with "Move It," Richard inaugurated a career of 40 years and running, leading to a knighthood for himself and decades of stardom for the Shadows. The relationship between artist and producer was ideal.
The Shadows themselves could supply that expertise and even the songs and instrumentals on occasion. Rather, he was a careful arranger and professional musician, and a sympathetic listener who helped the group and Richard achieve a level of polish on their records -- without costing them any excitement in their playing -- that made them the envy of millions of British listeners. Paramor' s judgment wasn't always perfect. On their debut single, Paramor was trying to push his choice of an A-side, a romantic rocker called "Schoolboy Crush," until television music impresario Jack Good persuaded him that the B-side, an exciting original by bandmember Ian Samwell called "Move It," would be the hit.
In fairness to Paramor, however, he had chosen to record "Move It," and lavished no less attention on that side than he had on "Schoolboy Crush once he was convinced that it DJ Screw - Bigtyme Vol II All Screwed Up be the hit. Indeed, when it came time to record Richard' s first album, CliffParamor did something unheard of at the time, in England or America, and made it a live album, cut by Richard and the band in front of several hundred screaming fans in February ofalbeit in the relatively controlled conditions of EMI Studio Number One.
In the early '60s, as Richard 's sound evolved, some of his sides were cut with the Norrie Paramor Strings and other studio groups under the direction of the producer, and Paramor also played piano on some Cliff Richard and Shadows recordings. While their millions of sales Me And You (Riding Waves) -Version 2- - Hiro - 寛 スペシャル．ボックス later eclipsed by the success of the BeatlesParamor still added significantly to the company's fate and fortunes, and English popular culture, with his discovery of the group.
Paramor continued to produce Richard and the Shadows for more than a decade, even as he added other top acts to the list of talent that he discovered, including Helen Shapiro and Frank Ifield. His work with Richardet. EMI in the '60s, however, wasn't the same organization that it had been in the '50s, nor was the record business the same. Sales were soaring astronomically, especially in England, If Love Were All - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - The Magnificence Of Noel Coward the music business boomed amid the good times and optimism of a decade in which England thanks to the BeatlesJames Bond, and Cadence - Islero - Like You Mean It Avengers, among other cultural icons seemed to be at the center of the world again for the first time since the '30s.
The company was losing many of its best producers, including George Martin and Ron Richardswho were being short-changed by their work at smaller label imprints like Parlophone, and saw more money to be made and better musical opportunities pursued on their own. Paramor was considered one of the company's major assets, a successful recording artist as If Love Were All - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - The Magnificence Of Noel Coward as a producer who'd generated many millions of dollars for them, and was treated well, but even he left in earlyto become an independent producer with his own company.
That same year, he scored a number one hit with the Scaffold 's "Lily the Pink. Paramor died the following year -- he'd continued working with Cliff Richard as a producer, advisor, and publisher all along, and Richard dedicated his next album to Paramor 's memory.
Died September 9, in London, England. Also Known As Norman Sidney.
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