|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||grocer jack rock psychedelic teenage opera mrs raven mark wirtz relaxed comedy under 2000 listeners music gogo 60s music sam alsace mondiovision weatherman kim fowley alsatian keith west gogo music|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
1943, Strasbourg, Alsace/Lorraine, France. One of the unsung pioneers of the UK psych-pop scene in the late 60s, Mark Wirtz was raised in Cologne, Germany. He moved to England in the early 60s, attending art school in Croydon, Surrey. He played in an outfit called the Beatcrackers before landing a contract with EMI Records subsidiary Parlophone Records, for whom he recorded a 1963 instrumental, Bubble Pop, under the Mark Rogers pseudonym. Wirtz established himself as an independent producer during this period, working with Marlene Dietrich among others, while continuing to release instrumental music under a variety of pseudonyms. The most notable of these was Mood Mosaic, with A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Brass finding particular favour among UK DJs (Dave Lee Travis used it as the theme to his Radio Caroline show for many years). Wirtz then joined EMI as a staff producer and began working with the band Tomorrow, who enjoyed a cult hit...