Harvey Brian Lisberg – talent agent & impresario


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    GODS OF SNOOKER Part 3 featured Jimmy White (with me in the  background) on 23 MAY 2021 – watch it now, here on BBC iPlayer.

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    Interview: British Invasion Songwriter Graham Gouldman (excerpt)

    “A combination of things happened.  I met Harvey [Lisberg, who managed Herman’s Hermits during their heyday].  We just hit a lucky… I say lucky… You’ve got to have a gift.  That’s one thing.  The fact that Harvey was so pushy and came out with such outrageous ideas at times… some of them worked and that’s his genius.  I’d met Harvey a few months’ before.  I was working in an outfitters’ shop and got the sack.  My parents were freaking out.  Harvey was the only person who said, ‘This is great.  I’ll pay you a retainer to write songs’ and within six months I had a record with the Yardbirds.  Gouldman is referring to “For Your Love” which he wrote while still a teenager.  Harvey wanted The Beatles to record ‘For Your Love’.  I said: ‘The Beatles don’t record other peoples’ songs.’  He said, ‘Yes they do.. And I said, ‘Yeah but those are established songs [like “Twist And Shout” and “Long Tall Sally”].’  They were doing those in their act for years.  Fact was, the Yardbirds were doing a Christmas show with the Beatles, supporting them at Hammersmith Odeon at the end of ’64. And Harvey sent the song to the publisher.  He knew the Yardbirds were looking for material and he played them ‘For Your Love’ and that was it.”


    AT&T / Cricket Wireless . . . ‘don’t you queer me pitch’


    10cc . . . Dr. Pepper

    Several artistes did renditions of the Dr. Pepper jingles including Michael Jackson, B.B. King, David Naughton . . . even Barry Manilow!

    10cc . . . Revlon


    The Yardbirds . . . 3 singles by Graham Gouldman

    Evil Hearted You by Pixies (in Spanish) . . . first recorded by The Yardbirds to make a hat-trick of hits from Graham Gouldman viz For Your Love, Heart Full Of Soul and Evil Hearted You (all1965)

    Hermans Hermits – 3 singles by Graham Gouldman

    East West: Morrissey . . . first recorded by Herman’s Hermits to give MY BAND a hat-trick of hits from Graham Gouldman this time in 1966 with Listen People, No Milk Today and East West

    No Milk Today: Joshua James & The Forest Rangers

    Listen People: Steve Marcus

    The Hollies – 2 more singles by Graham Gouldman

    Bus Stop . . . released by The Hollies in 1966 yielding their first U.S. top ten single (No.5) after another Graham Gouldman composition Look Through Any Window had charted (No.32) earlier that year.

    Cher . . . Behind The Door (1967) another one by Graham Gouldman

    Tallyman . . . The Jeff Beck Group (feat. Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood) had a minor hit (No.30) with this Graham Gouldman compositionThe Litter also released a version on their ‘$100 Fine‘ album and Herman’s Hermits ‘recorded’ an (as yet) unreleased version – below:

    Herman’s Hermits . . . I’m Into Something Good (Goffin, King)

    Tony Christie . . . Amarillo (Sedaka, Greenfield)

    I first met Neil Sedaka in 1970 on a visit to Don Kirshner‘s office in New York in a quest to find the next single for Tony Christie.  One of the songs he played me was Amarillo and I took it.  In November 1971, Amarillo became a huge hit all across Europe but, incredibly, rose no higher than no. 18 in the UK.  The post-millennium reissue mimed by Peter Kay was the best selling U.K. single of 2005 selling more than 1,000,000 copies and still the song resonates to this day:

    GG / 06 . . . Son of Man (about the evolution of Hotlegs into 10cc)

    • Q: Eric?
    • A: Yeah!
    • Q: How did you actually form the band?
    • A: Well . . .
    • . . . the B-side we were knocking off [Oh! Darling] turned into something good [Donna – the proposed B-side to Waterfall]

    Elton John . . . Neanderthal Man (Stewart, Godley, Creme).  Always a fan of innovative music Elton recorded covers of new sounds and Neanderthal Man (Hotlegs) is on Reg Dwight’s Piano Goes Pop:

    In 1973, Elton John founded The Rocket Record Company named not after Neanderthal Man, but his signature hit Rocket Man.  In 1974 he signed Neil Sedaka and released his comeback album Sedaka’s Back to a receptive U.S. audience with original recordings from Solitaire (1972) and The Tra-La Days Are Over (1973) both engineered and recorded by Eric Stewart at Strawberry Studios with the nascent 10cc as session musicians on tracks like That’s When The Music Takes Me . . . and Love Will Keep Us Together . . .

    . . . whose subverted title, inspired Joy Division‘s iconic hit Love Will Tear Us Apart, recorded at Strawberry Studios in 1980.  This mash-up using Captain & Tennille‘s cover version of Love Will Keep Us Together (U.S. #1 in 1975), demonstrates why some people think the inspiration wasn’t just limited to the title, but maybe the whole song?

    Goyte/10cc mash-up video – “Not Somebody That I Used To Know”.

    [Beyonce’s] Destiny’s Child/10cc: Independent Woman/Dreadlock Holiday by 2ManyDJs 2003 album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part 2:

    10CC . . . Dreadlock Holiday (1978)

    The Social Network (Facebook Movie)

    3 the Hard Way . . . Hip Hop Holiday (1994)

    10CC . . . The Worst Band In The World (1973)

    J Dilla’s final album Donuts [2006] is his magnus opus, a masterpiece. Two 10cc covers Johnny Don’t Do It (as Waves) & The Worst Band In The World (as Workinonit) feature on this album and are both of these are rated very highly.

    J Dilla . . . Waves (2006)

    J Dilla . . . Workinonit (2006)

    The Roots & J Dilla . . . Workinonit

    10CC . . . Rubber Bullets (1973)

    Rubber Bullets (1973) wasn’t banned by the BBC but airplay was limited on release perhaps as it was considered inflammatory with The Troubles in Northern Ireland .  Here Eli Reiter for Esquire (2020) analyses the history of rubber bullets: Killing Them Softly: 50 Years Of Rubber Bullets, From Belfast To Black Lives Matter

    10CC . . . Old Wild Men (1973)

    Diddy‘s . . . Old Man Wildin’ (2015) was first released in December on the deluxe edition of his October mixtape/album MMM, and the track featured Jadakiss and Styles P.

    In January 2016 it was remixed so as to feature fellow New Yorkers French Montana and Manolo Rose.

    10CC original line-up – I’m Not In Love (1976)

    Kelsey Lu – I’m Not In Love | Euphoria [sub-titled (legendado)] – 2019

    10CC . . . Art For Art Sake (live).

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