What’s the soundtrack to your life? If you browse through your music collection, what are the top favourites that you go back to time and time again? I remember the first time I heard and saw Blondie on Top of the Pops and was blown away. An amazing woman with an amazing voice – who created iconic music. Today I was privileged to attend a talk by the man who discovered Debbie Harry, Terry Ellis.
Terry has a captivating life story and a career imprint that has touched so many lives around the world. Through his music businesses, including Chrysalis records, he has brought iconic music to our ears. Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, Billy Idol and Procol Harum are just some of the careers he helped to found and shape.
In amongst his enthralling life story, the sounds bites and video clips, the most resonant insight he shared was that he had never designed or planned his career, he simply followed his love of music and his passion for bringing it to the fore for others to enjoy. “Musicians don’t go into the Music Business to make money, they join it to make music because it’s what they love”. Success, money and fame may follow, but that’s not what got them started or drives them to carry on over decades.