Henry Hadaway’s 70th Birthday Fundraiser

June 14, 2012 9:10 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On Sunday 10th June 2012, Henry Hadaway celebrated his 70th Birthday in style by raising thousands of pounds for Further Research into Glaucoma for Moorfields Eye Charity. The event itself was held at The Hendon Hall Hotel in North West London and covered by OK! Magazine.
Jessica-Jane Clement and her fiancé Lee Stafford were in attendance as well as various other TV Personalities such as Eastenders Ricky Grover, Heartbeats Nick Berry, Various cast members from Skins and Made in Chelsea.

Sally Farmiloe compered the evening, giving way for the Dynamic Duo of Entertainment, Kenny Lynch and Bobby Davro to sell, sell, sell in the evenings Auction that proved to interest many amongst the guests.

Chris White, (ex-Music Week and current Midem, Mipcom and Mip Journalist) who has chronicled Henry’s Career in Music Week and Various other publications, addressed the guests with a tribute to Henry:

“I’ve known Henry for almost 40 years, ever since I arrived from Yorkshire as an extremely youthful cub reporter from a local paper, to write for the esteemed music industry bible, Music Week.  My editor, in one of my first assignments, sent me to interview this rising star of the music industry, Henry Hadaway, who then had HAIR, cool shades, wore a nice suitably flared trendy suit, and … well, I don’t think he was quite wearing stack heeled shoes, but man, to me he epitomised what this exciting music industry was all about!

In fact, Henry already had several years’ experience of the music biz under his belt. He’d started back in 1969 after working four years as a structural engineer, and decided to follow the rocky road to the heart of the then contemporary music scene. Henry was fortunate enough to meet the acclaimed American jazz singer Salena Jones who generously encouraged and introduced him to people such as Alexis Korner among other influential music business names. Very soon he was promoting gigs under the pioneering banner of Sunday Rock at the Lyceum (a name that he coined), at the famous theatre just off London’s Strand. Henry also promoted gigs at The Marquee and The Mean Fiddler among others, promoting gigs by such up-and-coming names as David Bowie, Iggy Pop (I wonder whatever happened to them?), Wishbone Ash, Renaissance, The Strawbs, and the rather gloriously named Blodwyn Pig. All early 70s rock names to conjure with!

Henry also proved his mettle in the music agency arena with gigs by important artists from the Motown label including The Four Tops, Marv Johnson, Jimmy Ruffin and Edwin Starr. And no less a name that the now-legendary rock promoter Harvey Goldsmith often booked some of his earliest gigs though Henry.  Another memorable concert promoted and produced by Henry was Matt Monro, and comedians Max Wall, and Tommy Trinder, and many more, at the world famous London Palladium.

Henry formed Satril Records – taking the name as an amalgam of his wife Torill and daughter Sarah’s Christian names – and quickly started having success on the recording front, with such acts as The Sandpipers, who charted with Hang On Sloopy, our estimable auctioneer tonight Kenny Lynch who had a best-seller with Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned a Penny (well you wouldn’t, with Henry!), Godiego  who were smash hits in the Japanese recording market, with sales of over 32 million, and Connie Francis. In fact, Henry was an innovator in the independent record label sector, and had his own Satril Records label identity in no less than 25 different territories during the 70s, an achievement that outstripped other indie label contemporaries of the time like Chrysalis, Virgin and Island. He also launched the successful rock label Crash Records, and had his own recording studio in Finchley Road which was regularly used by such top names as Kenny Lynch, who helped and was part of the HHO family, creating a great atmosphere record. There were also producers Biddu and Steve Levine, and the legendary Marvin Gaye who produced acts for HHO. Henry himself produced many acts including The Sandpipers, The Rockin’ Berries and the great Frankie Vaughan with whom he made Frankie’s last-ever album, and launched it with a big media party at the Bootleggers Club in London’s West End.

During this period Henry through the Satril label was the first, together with such names as Tilly Rutherford, Pete Waterman and Biddu, to promote the burgeoning disco genre.

Probably the key to Henry’s enormous and enduring success has been his international outlook – while other companies were sticking to the domestic market, he always had an eye to the overseas markets and opened offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Nashville, and later on Sydney, Australia, and also established a firm footing in the Asian and Far East markets.

Henry promoted rock gigs in Europe – including a prestigious festival in Malta in December 1989 on the occasion of the historic summit between Presidents George Bush and Mikael Gorbachev. Working closely with the first Maltese prime minister Dom Mintoff, Henry staged Give Peace A Chance, a concert to promote world peace with international pop names like Chris de Burgh, Leo Sayer, Sinitta, Aimii Stewart and Aswad.

Through a deal with Florida based impresario Mike Winters , who with his brother Bernie had enjoyed huge success as the variety act Mike and Bernie Winters here in the UK back in the 60s, he became responsible for the catalogues of  the Church Street Station and Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace music TV, video and record series, which attracted such superstar names as Tammy Wynette and Jerry Lee Lewis.  He also went into magazine publishing with Replay, the first popular music CD-cover mounted magazine, Exposed, and Jazz on CD.  Over the years he has continued to attend the annual MIDEM music market in the south of France, and received various award from Reed Midem for his presence at the market. He also forged a close friendship with Reed Midem’s UK managing director, Peter Rhodes OBE.

Henry has continued to make inroads in the music industry, both at home and internationally, and is of course still very active with the Henry Hadaway Organisation.  He has also branched out into multi-media, producing and distributing DVDs and programmes tailored for TV including the Peter Green documentary Man Of The World, shown on the BBC. He also recently started manufacturing facilities for third party independent music and media companies like Delta Leisure, Not Now Music, and Go Entertain.

Henry has been described and considered by his peers and the music trade media as ‘a pioneer of UK independents on the international music scene’. An entrepreneur, survivor, a legend for re-inventing himself and his company, and even icon.  That’s our Henry.

And let’s not forget … we are talking here of the man who introduced THE TWEETS into the pantheon of popular music history! For a mere £75 Henry recorded a little European ditty which became better known as The Birdie Song which became one of the biggest dance floor anthems of all time! I kid you not … Henry’s recording sold over 1.6 million copies in the UK alone and is one of the all-time best sellers. It also has the Channel 4 TV accolade of being voted one of the most irritating pop records of all-time! It also marked the Top of the Pops debut of Henry’s daughter Sarah … dressed as a Tweet! She still hasn’t forgiven Henry.  Oh well … you win some and you lose some!

This novelty success inspired Henry to even produce Mr ‘Monster Monster’ himself, the inimitable radio presenter and football agent Eric Hall, here tonight (where are you Eric?) and release a single Monster Mash by him. He has also produced EastEnders actor Ricky Grover, another guest this evening. Talking of actors … Henry himself has latent thespian talents. He produced and made sure that he appeared in the movie Inside Out, loosely based on his own adventures in the music world!

I could go for a lot longer about Henry Hadaway’s achievements in the international music business, but will stop here. Suffice to say, he has always had the respect of his contemporaries and peers, and there’s no doubt that he has a lot more to offer the music world in the future. Congratulations Henry on your five decades in the business, and on this very special occasion of your 70th birthday, where you are surrounded by members of your loving family as well as many of those you have worked with and known over the decades.”

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