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.
1974: 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.”
2009: Publication of “Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneers” (University of Illinois Press)
2016: Publication of revised and updated 3rd edition of “Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans” (Pelican Books)
2019: Publication of revised and updated 2nd edition of “South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous” (Pelican Books)
2021: Publication of “New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond” by Larry Simon, John Broven editor (University Press of Mississippi).
1982: Honorary membership of Louisiana Music Commission.
1993: “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.
2017: Slim Harpo “Legend” Award in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
2020: “South to Louisiana,” ARSC Award for Excellence: Best Historical Research in Recorded Country, Folk, or Roots Music.
Lectures and Seminars
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.
New Orleans R&B presentation to EMI Records, New York. "Golden Crest Records and the Huntington Station Connection" at Huntington Library and Three Village Historical Society, Setauket, NY.
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.
2012: "Golden Crest Records and the Huntington Station Connection" with Shelley Broven, Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY
2013: "Born to be a Record Man". Interview session with Donn Fileti, Relic Records, at the ARSC New York chapter, Harlem, NY.
2014: Presentation on the Cosimo Code website with Red Kelly at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, Long Island.
2015: French Quarter Festival, New Orleans with Fred Kasten, Red Kelly, Deacon John and Allen Toussaint.
Ponderosa Stomp Conference, New Orleans with swamp-popper Gene Terry.
2016: The Blues Unlimited Connection with Bill Greensmith, ARSC Conference, Bloomington, IND. "Fats Domino Meets Satchmo", Satchmo Summerfest, New Orleans. "Long Island in the 60s: Golden Crest Records", Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY.
2017: Ponderosa Stomp Conference, New Orleans: interviews with Willie West and Sam Montalbano, Montel Records
2018: Tribute to Bobby Robinson, ARSC, New York chapter, Harlem, NY.
2019: The Fabulous Wailers and the Founding of the Northwest Rock 'n' Roll Sound, ARSC Conference, Portland, Oregon.
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, Washington, D.C.: “Home Town Special” with Jay Bruder.
Local radio and television in New Orleans and South Louisiana.