There is a single ebook on the Sixties I are unable to hold out to browse when it lastly comes out. Jeff Dexter is in the process of composing his memoirs and I predict this will be the seminal reserve on the Sixties and Seventies flourishing music scene. Born Dexter Jeffery Bedwell on August 15th 1946 in Lambeth London, Dexter began out as a dancer and singer, progressing to be a very well-known DJ, promoter, rock band manager, document producer, club host and gatherings organiser.
Jeff Dexter has built nearly each move in and all-around the enjoyment marketplace. Beginning with Mecca Dancing in 1961, he was a dancer & singer with Cyril Stapleton’s Orchestra at London’s Lyceum Ballroom, where he was banned for obscenity following doing The Twist on the dance ground. Dexter was also a band boy when on the street, which entailed looking soon after all the props, more instruments & sheet songs. During his times at the Lyceum, Dexter became a Disc Jockey and MC on the Document Hops, operating with Ian “Sammy” Samwell, and also Jimmy Savile (then the Ballroom Supervisor at Leeds Locarno). Dexter also worked with quite a few other dance bands, and in other London venues, commenced and presenting the new beat bands.
Dexter served consider Britain’s initial mobile file hop on the street in February 1962, starting at Greenwich City Hall followed by other frequent promotions in Brighton and Croydon. He also became a partner in a history promotion organization with Tony Calder. The initially record they promoted with each other was Love Me Do. Dexter gave up his singing profession right after he had to follow Ike & Tina Turner at the Hammersmith Palais. Dexter and Samwell hosted quite a few late night record shows at evening golf equipment in London’s West End, which include The Flamingo in Wardour Road, The Roaring Twenties in Carnaby Street, and The Outrageous Elephant in Jermyn Road.
In 1966-7, Dexter labored as the host and DJ at Tiles Club in Oxford Street presenting all the soul & pop functions together with the late Otis Redding. He offered the lunch time report reveals, immortalised in Tom Wolfe’s book Noonday Underground. Dexter then started The Jeff Dexter Mild & Sound Show with the emerging underground and psychedelic scene, with functions like Pink Floyd. Dexter also took up residency at Middle Earth Club in Covent Yard with John Peel but did not settle for an present to sign up for BBC’s Radio One particular.
From 1968-73 Dexter promoted and introduced rock demonstrates at the legendary Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, generally beneath the Implosion banner. Dexter helped arrange and host just about all the main festivals, including several of the totally free concert events in Hyde Park. He also re-branded Eric Clapton & Friends as Derek & The Dominos. Dexter hosted and organized most of the functions that appeared at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre. He also Managed the band The us, and also co-made their to start with album that made quantity a single in the States, as did their to start with single for Warner Brothers Records.
In between the a long time 1973-79, Dexter managed and produced quite a few artists, negotiated offers with Atlantic Documents (Isaac Guillory), Warner Brothers (Peter Sarstedt, BIM) and EMI (Alfalpha), and Sire Records (Hawkwind). Dexter also tour managed in the British isles, United states of america and Europe, ran the merchandising concessions for many acts and his very own audio publishing corporation.
All through 1979-81, Dexter moved amongst Milan and New York, worked with effectively-identified Italian groups and designed disco data, but also worked with some of his favourite musicians.
In 1981-83, he moved back to the United kingdom in order to handle a hot new band called BIM (Cameron McVey was on vocals, and Andy Harley on keyboards), and signed them to Arista Records, then to Warner Brothers Information. Dexter then began advertising and marketing retro report demonstrates in West Finish golf equipment, and for the duration of 1983-89 he promoted a common club, known as The 2I’s in Tottenham Court docket Road at the Empire Rooms, labored with Time Out, organised new music & enjoyment at massive company get-togethers.
In1990, Dexter commenced taking care of rock bands yet again, took on new partnerships, made many data, and expended much way too a lot time & income! He Joined a team of old friends to bid for a radio license, and joined a consortium with the aim of re-launching displays at the Roundhouse.
Jeff Dexter, who is at present is a profitable Life style Marketing consultant is estranged from his wife Simona Perlasca (right after 30 a long time), with two sons Wesley (Occasions Manager, and DJ Loki), and Lincoln (Art Heritage scholar).