Robert George Meek, 5 April 1929, Newent, Gloucestershire, England, d. 3 February 1967, London, England. Britains premier independent record producer of the early 60s, Meek was equally renowned for his pioneering recording techniques and eccentric personality. His career began in 1954, when he joined IBC, the leading independent recording studio of the era. Originally an engineer, he worked on a number of hits, including Lonnie Donegans Cumberland Gap, Frankie Vaughans Green Door, Johnny Duncans Last Train To San Fernando and Humphrey Lytteltons Bad Penny Blues. He also turned his hand to songwriting, composing Tommy Steeles Put A Ring On Her Finger in 1958.
By 1960, he had set up Lansdowne Studios in west London, where he worked with producer Denis Preston on recordings by various popular jazz artists. An ill-advised expansion policy encouraged...
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