BiographyHollywood Road

1963: Mike Leadbitter launched Blues Unlimited, the first international blues magazine, with Simon Napier at Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Wrote for my former Bexhill Grammar School colleagues in debut issue with article on Louisiana record man Jay D. Miller. Contributed to BU until 1984.

Walking to New Orleans1974: Co-published “Walking to New Orleans” with Blues Unlimited (as Blues Unlimited Books) after being badgered by Leadbitter. A U.S. edition was licensed to Pelican Books of Gretna, La., retitled “Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans.”

1970s-80s: Many LP liner notes/compilations for Ace, Charly, EMI, Flyright, Pathé Marconi, Sonet and others.

1983: Pelican Books published follow-up, “South to Louisiana.”

1985-92: Co-editor Juke Blues with Cilla Huggins and Bez Turner.

1991 on: After Midland Bank career, joined Ace Records of North London under Ted Carroll, Trevor Churchill and Roger Armstrong. Among Ace CD releases were B.B. King box set (with Colin Escott); and “Golden Age of American Rock ‘n’ Roll” (jointly), “Cajun Classics,” “Teen Beat,” Excello-Nashboro and Modern Downhome (with Dave Sax) series. Also 4-CD “The Excello Story” (Universal/Hip-O) and Fats Domino box with Alan Warner (EMI).

2003: Compiled and produced 50th anniversary tribute double-CD, “Hy Weiss presents Old Town Records” (Ace). This release sparked the final research process and writing of “Record Makers and Breakers.”

2006-08: After some 250 CD compilations and co-compilations, left Ace Records and finished “Record Makers and Breakers.”

 

Awards
1982: Honorary membership of Louisiana Music Commission.

Louisiana Hall of Fame1993: “Iry LeJeune: Cajun’s Greatest” Ace CD (from Goldband) selected as An Outstanding Folk Recording by American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress.

1995: Louisiana Hall of Fame induction.

2000: Ace Records award, jointly with Rob Finnis and Trevor Churchill, for combined CD sales of 100,000 for the “Golden Age of American Rock ‘n’ Roll” series.

2010: “Record Makers and Breakers,” ARSC Certificate of Merit.

2011: “Walking to New Orleans” inducted into The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame.

2014: Part of the John Broven record collection with archive acquired by Library of Congress.

Lectures and seminars

John Broven and Joe Bihari (Modern Records)
at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, 2009.
     Courtesy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1984: University of Liège. “Charley Patton and Mississippi Blues: The Influences on Louisiana Country Blues.”
2006: Satchmo Festival, New Orleans. “Louis Armstrong and Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
2008: Ponderosa Stomp, New Orleans. Joe Bihari of Modern Records, with Jim O’Neal; and Louisiana swamp pop (with Johnnie Allan, Sam Montalbano, David Rachou and Harry Simoneaux).
2009: Panels at Ponderosa Stomp and Jazz  Fest, New Orleans. Joe Bihari inverview at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland.
2010: Panels at Ponderosa Stomp, New Orleans: Floyd Soileau, Johnnie Allan and Leroy Martin (with Mike Hurtt), and Dave Bartholomew (with Dr. Ike).
Dave Bartholomew interview at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland.
2011: “Record Makers and Breakers” presentation at the Global Popular Music Business Conference, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Interview session with Joe Bihari of Modern Records, ARSC Conference, Los Angeles.
2013: “Born to be a Record Man.” Interview session with Donn Fileti, Relic Records, at the ARSC New York chapter, HarlemNY.

Broadcasting

BBC Radio London: “Honky Tonk” with Charlie Gillett; “Echoes” with Stuart Colman

BBC London, Radio 2: “Paul Jones R&B Show”

Jazz FM and BBC Radio Kent with Helen Mayhew

NPR, USA: “In the Mood” with Rex Doane; WFDU, New Jersey: “Sounds of Blue” with Bob Putignano; WRFU, New Jersey: “Big Beat Show” with Lou Rallo; WRHU, Long Island, NY: “R&B Serenade” with Frank Gengaro & Gordon Skadberg; Radio Hilversum, Holland; WAMU 88.5, WashingtonD.C.: “Home Town Special” with Jay Bruder.

Local radio and television in New Orleans and South Louisiana.