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Valeryan & The Birth of The Beatles
Back in 1963 Dick Rowe of Decca actually turned down the Fab 4 – a fact that possibly every Beatles fan in the world knows …
A lesser know fact is that two years later the same Dick Rowe signed school girl Valerie Anne Lawrence to Decca and My Love Loves Me was released as a single very soon after!
Similarly few would realise that the same schoolgirl of all those years ago is still releasing albums as VALERYAN ..
It all happened after I had appeared on Hughie Green’s TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in the summer of 1965 ….During the next two weeks after the show was broadcast nationally, my parent’s telephone hardly stopped ringing as they were bombarded by numerous talent scouts/agents/producers and the aforementioned Dick Rowe…. of Decca.
Luckily for me my parents’ did allow me to take up the contract but they both had their heads screwed on right so I wasn’t allowed to do live shows or tours …. it was contracted the way they wanted it…… and dictated!
I’d never have survived it all if I’d been thrust headlong into the music business at that time and I’m eternally grateful for my dad’s common sense decision. Mind you at the time I rebelled like hell as you’d imagine!!
While this is all absolutely true I didn’t expect to find my story included in a recent huge publicity campaign about The Birth of The Beatles………
I was sent the link below out of the blue just a few weeks ago … while almost everything is accurate I wouldn’t have called it The Val Richards Story, and neither would I have included a video as of my days as part of The Settlers which was made before my time and features Cindy Kent!
Perhaps click on the link and have a laugh … as I did!