• Marianne Recording, 1964, Decca West Hempstead London

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Marianne Recording, 1964, Decca West Hempstead London

Taken during one of my first sessions with Marianne at Decca recording studios in West Hampstead, London in 1964 soon after the release of As Tears Go By.

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  • Paul McCartney, 1967, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London

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Paul McCartney, 1967, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London

The original shots were taken in 1967 at Decca Recording studios in London where Mick Jagger was producing Marianne Faithfull and Paul came along to give support. This triptych version was colourised and created for a recent exhibition and also a Lenticular print.

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  • Joe Cocker, 1966, Masons Yard, London

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Joe Cocker, 1966, Masons Yard, London

Although Joe Cocker had been around the music scene in his home town of Sheffield for a few years I think this was his first “proper” photo session and he was still a gas-fitter at the time although success was just around the corner!

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  • Marianne Pub, 1964, The Salisbury Pub, London

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Marianne Pub, 1964, The Salisbury Pub, London

I took this portrait of Marianne in a pub called the Salisbury Arms in St. Martins Lane in central London at the end of 1964 soon after we met. Decca records rejected this particular shot because they objected to the guy’s reflected in the mirror and chose a less interesting shot for the cover of Come My Way, Marianne’s first album.

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  • Buddy Miles, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

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Buddy Miles, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

Buddy Miles was one of the performers on a TV spectacular called Supersession that was recorded in 1969.

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  • Chad & Jeremy, 1963, Swiss Cottage, London

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Chad & Jeremy, 1963, Swiss Cottage, London

Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde were the first and in many ways most important artists I ever photographed!They were both young actors at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama and sang in a coffee bar in Mayfair. I got to know them well and when they were signed to Ember Records my photographs were used on their first album. Through them I met and photographed Marianne Faithfull who was managed by Andrew “Loog” Oldham who asked me to photograph The Rolling Stones! The die was cast……..

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  • Cat Stevens, 1969, London

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Cat Stevens, 1969, London

This portrait of Cat Stevens was taken in his little flat above his parents’ cafe on Shaftsbury Avenue in Central London. He had been very ill for a while and this was soon after his return to the business.

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  • FREE, 1969, Masons Yard London

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FREE, 1969, Masons Yard London

I had gone to school with the great blues guitarist Paul Kossoff and it was odd working with him as a rock star! FREE were a great band and had achieved great success but Paul was a fragile human being and after the band broke up in 1973 his health declined and he died in 1976 aged a mere 25.

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  • Guy Stevens, 1965, Earls Court, London

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Guy Stevens, 1965, Earls Court, London

I was very fortunate to work with Chris Blackwell from the very early days of his Island Records label. Guy Stevens was a genius who worked with Chris and ran the Sue Label. He was reputed to have the finest record collection in the UK at the time! This shot was for the cover of a compilation album called The Sue Story.

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  • Millie Small, 1964, Masons Yard London

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Millie Small, 1964, Masons Yard London

Millie recorded My Boy Lollipop for Chris Blackwell’s Island Records in 1964 and it became a monster hit all over the World topping the charts in many countries and selling over 7 million copies. She was lovely and great to work with and this was an important moment for me as it confirmed my working relationship with Island and Chris.

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  • The Soft Machine, 1968, Masons Yard London

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The Soft Machine, 1968, Masons Yard London

The Soft Machine were an incredibly important underground rock band who were heavily involved with the UFO scene in London supporting Jimi Hendrix amongst many others. I photographed them on several occasions and with various line-ups – this version featured founder members Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt & Mike Ratledge.

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  • Buddy Guy, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

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Buddy Guy, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

Buddy Guy was one of the performers on a TV spectacular called Supersession that was recorded in 1969.

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  • Spencer Davies Band, 1964, Masons Yard Studio, London

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Spencer Davies Band, 1964, Masons Yard Studio, London

I was very lucky to have worked with Chris Blackwell and his Island label from very early in 1964 and when he first asked me to photograph The Spencer Davies Band it was the beginning of a long working friendship with the guys until Stevie Windwood left to form Traffic.

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  • Chris Farlowe, 1968, London

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Chris Farlowe, 1968, London

Chris Farlowe was considered by many at the time to be one of the UK’s finest blues singers. He was signed to Immediate Records and this session was to promote his hit single Handbags & Gladrags and was shot near his birthplace in Islington in North London.

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  • Alma Cogan, 1965, London

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Alma Cogan, 1965, London

Alma Cogan was a huge singing star in the 50s and early 60s with many hits and her own TV shows. Around 1965 Andrew Loog Oldham produced some tracks with her and I was at the sessions. She died in October of 1966 from cancer and was only 34…….

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  • Eric Clapton, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

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Eric Clapton, 1969, Twickenham Film Studios

This shot of Eric was taken on the set of a TV spectacular called Supersession.

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  • The Yardbirds ‘Bowler Hat’, 1966, Ormond Yard London

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The Yardbirds ‘Bowler Hat’, 1966, Ormond Yard London

This shoot with The Yardbirds was taken just outside my Masons Yard studio in 1966 during the short but ‘magical’ period when the band were graced with both Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page, two of the UK’s greatest guitarists.

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