A Personal History of the British Record Business 26 – Ken East Pt.3


Ken East‘s tenure as MD of the EMI Records UK lasted from January 1967-July 1969

They (the Sixties) were great years. Start of pirate radio. Tony Windsor (pirate Radio London- Big L) was Tony Withers in Australia, king of the disc jockeys – he was the biggest listened-to DJ in Australia. He and I were friendly; poor old Tony had a drinking problem amongst other things and he had a Saturday night show called ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry.’ I’d go in on a Saturday night with our new records and he was too drunk to put them on the turntable. There were no producers, so I put them on the turntable for him.


He was a homosexual and he was about to be exposed, so he fled the country and the headlines were “Tony Withers dying from secret disease” He was going back to Greece, where…

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