Tony interviews Mick Jagger in London in the Summer of 1969 Photo: Chris Walter
Tony Norman is a writer, broadcaster and freelance consultant on the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
He has expert knowledge and personal experience of all three musical decades.
played bass guitar in North London mod band The Rest
In 1967 he became London pop correspondent for Jackie at a time
when the teen magazine sold one million copies a week.
In 1968 Tony became Assistant Editor of Music Now.
Sixties interviews and articles Tony has on file include:
John Lennon. Mick Jagger. Mick Taylor - Rolling Stones.
Stones in Hyde Park - Review. Derek Taylor Apple/Beatles press office.
Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight - Review. The Bonzo Dog Band.
Peter Frampton – Humble Pie. David Bowie. Jack Bruce – Cream.
Ian Anderson – Jethro Tull. John Kay – Steppenwolf.
Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin. Peter Green – Fleetwood Mac.
Roy Wood – The Move. Marc Bolan - Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Jose Feliciano. The Doors. Canned Heat. John Mayall.
Keith Emerson – The Nice. Mike d’Abo – Manfred Mann.
Tony met John and Yoko when they flew back from their Amsterdam Bed-In in 1969.
Tony continued to write for Music Now in 1970-71,
then went freelance. He wrote for the NME and interviewed
musicians for Radio 1’s ‘Scene & Heard’.
Seventies interviews/articles Tony has on file include:
Elton John. John Entwhistle. Marc Bolan.
Procol Harum. Steppenwolf. Stevie Wonder.
James Taylor. The Kinks. Blood Sweat & Tears.
Cat Stevens. Donovan. Moody Blues. Deep Purple.
Roy Wood. Mungo Jerry. Spencer Davis. Melanie.
Bath Festival of Music 1970 - Review. The Nice.
Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick – Fairport Convention.
The Monkees. Jethro Tull. Steeleye Span.
John Anderson – Yes. Labi Siffre. Mott The Hoople.
Arthur Brown. Pentangle. Peter Frampton. The Doors. Canned Heat. Keith Emerson – The Nice. Manfred Mann.
Tony’s Radio 1 interviews include a 12 minute rap with Marc Bolan, featured on the T.Rex ‘Born to Boogie’ CD.
In 1982 Tony was manager/songwriter with The
Mobiles who went to number 9 in the UK charts with their hit
single Drowning In Berlin.
Tony also worked as freelance music photographer.
Eighties photo sessions Tony has on file include:
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.
Adam Ant. The Beat. Imagination. Limahl.
Bananarama. Kim Wilde. Toyah Willcox.
Bad Manners. Jools Holland. Heaven 17.
Haircut 100. Helen Terry - Culture Club.
China Crisis. Hayzee Fantayzee.
The Teardrop Explodes.
DJs Kid Jensen. Peter Powell, and Janis Long.
In January 1982, Eastbourne band The Mobiles hit the UK Top Ten with their song, Drowning In Berlin. ‘I started out writing songs with the band,’ says Tony Norman, ‘and ended up managing them.
'They went on Top of The Pops and gave a superb performance, but it didn’t take me long to decide I wasn’t cut out to be a pop group manager. Still, we all have good memories of that amazing time.’
Tony co-wrote five of the tracks on a new Best of… album, out now on Cherry Red Records.
Catalogue number CDM RED 309.
Norman’s work as a rock journalist is featured on the Marc Bolan
Born to Boogie CD, which features music from Ringo Starr’s
movie of T. Rex in their heyday.
The double CD includes a 12 minute interview from 1971, when Marc spoke to Tony about his life and music. The interview was originally recorded for the Radio 1 show Scene & Heard.
Tony says: 'I knew Marc well. The things I remember best about him
are his bright mind, his humour and his love of life. I’m happy to be
part of the new CD'.
Hearing the interview again brought back good memories.