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Encyclopedia > Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell (born June 22, 1937) is the founder of Island Records. Born in London to an Irish father and a Costa Rican-born Sephardic Jewish mother, Blackwell spent his childhood in Jamaica. Record producer Joe Boyd's memoir of the 1960s, White Bicycles, then recounts that he was sent to England to complete his education. Deciding not to go to university, he dabbled in real estate and other businesses which brought him into contact with the UK's black Jamaican population. Hearing he was returning home, people asked him to bring back local records which were then not regularly imported. June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... In the strictest sense, a Sephardi (ספרדי, Standard Hebrew Səfardi, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardî; plural Sephardim: ספרדים, Standard Hebrew Səfardim, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardîm) is a Jew original to the... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


Boyd goes on to explain how, after starting with vinyl B;ackwell progressed to bringing in licenced master tapes and started Island Records. After a while he started signing white groups to the label, starting with the Spencer Davis Group. The Spencer Davis Group was a mid-1960s British rock band founded by Spencer Davis (born 1942 in Swansea, Wales). ...


Island became one of the hippest independent labels of the 1960s and 1970s with bands like Traffic and Fairport Convention. Eventually Island moved into movies too but Blackwell's real coup lay in bringing Bob Marley and the Wailers to international audiences. Nighttime traffic captured by a camera over several seconds. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and Rastafarian from the ghettos of Jamaica. ...


Each of his companies was eventually sold to Polygram. But Blackwell left with a reputation for looking after artists and as diverse as Bob Marley, U2, Steve Winwood, Melissa Etheridge, The Cranberries, Richard Thompson and PJ Harvey. PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Robert Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Stephen Lawrence Winwood (born May 12, 1948 in Great Barr, West Midlands) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to his solo career, was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning American rock musician. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... For other persons named Richard Thompson, see Richard Thompson (disambiguation). ... PJ Harvey in concert. ...


Since selling those companies, he has gone on to found Palm Pictures, a media entertainment company with music, film and DVD releases. Palm Pictures is a US based entertainment company owned and run by Chris Blackwell. ...


Blackwell is currently associated with Island Outpost, which operates or markets a group of high-end resorts in Jamaica. Goldeneye is among the most exclusive of these resorts, which is located at — and named after — the property previously owned by Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels. GoldenEye is the 17th James Bond film and the first to star Pierce Brosnan in the role as the British secret agent. ... Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was a British author and journalist as well as Second World War Naval Officer, best remembered for writing the series of novels featuring the character James Bond, as well as the childrens story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ...


External links

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Detail on Blackwell

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