In 1973 my band Bullfrog signed to Cube Records. We also signed to Essex music who owned Cube. In 1974 they set up Cube Artist Management Limited (CAML) and we signed to that too. Why not? All the eggs in one basket – safest place (that’s irony BTW). One of the people employed by CAML to guide our path to stardom was Martin Lickert. Our diary shows he made several trips to Newcastle to meet with us. One such meeting took place at the Turks Head Hotel in Newcastle on June 25th 1974. That’s an unusual name, “Lickert” but in 1974 there was no Google. I googled him today and found that he worked for the Beatles. Principally driving Ringo Starr around. As a result of this and Frank Zappa asserting “next guy who walks through that door gets the part” he appeared in Zappa’s 200 Motels movie and briefly joined the Mother’s Of Invention. He mentioned none of this at the Turks Head Hotel. He must have been a modest guy but I plan to add all of this to my name dropping arsenal for blogs, books and anecdotes. I have no shame.
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