Is Bob Barrett?
Barrett is one of the un-recognised pioneers of Scrumpy & Western
music. He was drafted in by EMI as the sound engineer to record
Adge Cutler & The Wurzels appearance at the Royal Oak in Nailsea
in 1966. The resulting album - the iconic Adge Cutler &
The Wurzels LP, he also produced. He continued to work with
Adge, and on the second album, he is given songwriters credits (well,
an adaptation) on the tracks The
Wild West Show and Freak-Out In Somerset.
continued to produce all their albums and singles until EMI terminated
their contract with The Wurzels in 1980. This last work was the
Drunk On A Saturday Night single released in Feb 1980.
Bob also composed a number of Wurzels songs over the years - and
was an important cornerstone in the Wurzels story.
1985 he left EMI, and set up his own label, Grasmere Music, concentrating
more on 'English' music - ranging form brasss bands to folk. Amongst
his releases on Grasmere are several of the later Yetties'
albums, showing his retaining his interest in Scrumpy & Western
announced in the Wurzelmania! News at the time, Bob passed away
at the age of 65 on Monday 26th January 2004 after losing his battle
is a nice piece written in Songwriters
International website (Mar/Apr 2004 archives): Veteran producer
Bob Barratt died on 30 January 2004, aged 65. The long-serving EMI
producer and A&R man worked with artists as diverse as Max Boyce,
Vince Hill and The Wurzels with hits like Vince Hill's version of
Edelweiss and The Wurzels No. 1 Combine Harvester (Brand New Key).
In 1985 he set up Grasmere Records, concentrating on releasing traditional
brass bands and organ music. He chaired the British Academy's Gold
Badge Committee for many years and was himself awarded a surprise
Gold Badge in 2002. Barratt spent the last two years of his life
fighting liver cancer and leaves a wife and three daughters. His
funeral took place on February 9 at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium.
the Yetties website: This name may not be familiar to you but
Bob Barratt owned and ran Grasmere Music (Grasmere Music Ltd, 59
Marlpit Lane, Coulsdon, CR5 2HF), the company for which we recorded
seven of our CDs. Jim Lloyd, our manager from many years ago, put
us in touch with Bob back in 1992. We kicked off with the 'Barn
Dance' recording and things developed from there. Bob passed away
back in February and he will be greatly missed on the music scene.
When we were recording for Argo/Decca back in the 70s he was working
for EMI and on his books he had groups such as The Wurzels so his
connections with the West Country go back many years. He was an
expert on such diverse subjects as publishing copyright and bus
routes. When we had finished a recording session he would quite
often hop on a local bus and have a wander through the countryside,
the longer and windier the route the better. He also had a great
love of The Scilly Isles and spent some holidays watching the whales
off Alaska. In short, he was a very diverse and extremely intelligent
character. His daughter, Jo, is running the company at the moment.
Best of luck me dear, you've got a hard act to follow.
are currently sourcing more information about Bob to produce a webpage
suitable for this pioneer of Scrumpy & Western Music! If you
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