Paul Rich

Discography of Paul Rich:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Makin' Love 2 Audio 1959 Embassy
2 You Don't Know Me / The Loco-Motion 2 Audio 1962 Embassy
3 Don't You Think It's Time / Little Town Flirt 2 Audio 1963 Embassy
4 Standing On The Corner / Sweet Nuthin's 2 Audio 1960 Embassy
5 Yakety Yak 2 Audio 1958 Embassy
6 My True Love 2 Audio 1958 Embassy
7 Right, Said Fred / Our Favourite Melodies 2 Audio 1962 Embassy
8 Songs From The Musical Half A Sixpence 5 Audio 1963 Embassy
9 Battle Of New Orleans / Peter Gunn 2 Audio 1959 Embassy
10 Witch Doctor 2 Audio 1958 Embassy
11 Telstar / Sheila 4 Audio Teeny Records
12 My Old Man's A Dustman 2 Audio 1960 Embassy
13 40 Miles Of Bad Road / ('Til) I Kissed You 2 Audio 1959 Embassy
14 Roses Are Red / I Can'T Stop Loving You 2 Audio 1962 Karim
15 Mr. Custer / McDonald's Cave 2 Audio 1960-11-00 Embassy
16 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight) / Stagger Lee 2 Audio 1959-02-00 Embassy
17 Venus / Wonderful Secret Of Love 2 Audio 1959-03-00 Embassy
18 I Can't Stop Loving You / A Little Love, A Little Kiss 2 Audio 1962-06-00 Embassy
19 Poor Little Fool / Bird Dog 2 Audio 1958-09-00 Embassy
20 You're Cheatin' Heart / Globetrotter 2 Audio 1962-12-00 Embassy
21 No Arms Can Ever Hold You / Walk Tall 2 Audio 1964-12-00 Embassy
22 I've Waited So Long / I Go Ape 2 Audio 1959-05-00 Embassy
23 Well I Ask You / Running Scared 2 Audio 1961-06-00 Embassy
24 Someone, Someone / Ramona 2 Audio 1964-06-00 Embassy
25 Tower Of Strength / Hit The Road Jack 2 Audio 1961-11-00 Embassy
26 Give Us A Kiss For Christmas / Savage 2 Audio 1961-11-00 Embassy
27 The Twist / Runaround Sue 2 Audio 1961-11-00 Embassy
28 Rock-A-Hula Baby / Walk On By 2 Audio 1962-01-00 Embassy
29 The Hole In The Ground / Twistin' The Night Away 2 Audio 1962-02-00 Embassy
30 Down The Lane / Two Similar Kind Of People 2 Audio 1962-05-00 Embassy
31 Right, Said Fred / Our Favourite Melodies 2 Audio 1962-07-00 Embassy
32 Dancin' Party / Gotta See Baby Tonight 2 Audio 1962-08-00 Embassy
33 Sheila / Reminiscing 2 Audio 1962-09-00 Embassy
34 Sun Arise / If Only Tomorrow (Could Be Like Today) 2 Audio 1962-11-00 Embassy
35 (Dance With The) Guitar Man / Gossip Calypso 2 Audio 1962-11-00 Embassy
36 Little Town Flirt / Don't You Think It's Time 2 Audio 1963-01-00 Embassy
37 Tribute To Eddie Cantor 4 Audio 1965 Embassy
38 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Problems 2 Audio 1959-02-00 Embassy
39 Little White Bull / Harbour Lights 2 Audio 1960-02-00 Embassy
40 Shazam! / Green Fields 2 Audio 1960 Embassy
41 What A Mouth (What A North And South) / Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot Bikini 2 Audio 1960-07-00 Embassy
42 Tell Laura I Love Her / Lorelei 2 Audio 1960-08-00 Embassy
43 Must Be Santa / Virgin Mary 2 Audio 1960-12-00 Embassy
44 On The Rebound / A Hundred Pounds Of Clay 2 Audio 1961-04-00 Embassy
45 I Will Follow Him / Young Lovers 2 Audio 1963-05-00 Embassy
46 No One / Two Silhouettes 2 Audio 1963-09-00 Embassy
47 Memphis Tennessee / Fools Rush In 2 Audio 1963-10-00 Embassy
48 My Baby Left Me / 2 Audio 1964-01-00 Embassy
49 Just One Look / That Girl Belongs To Yesterday 2 Audio 1964-03-00 Embassy
50 I Believe / Only You (And You Alone) 2 Audio 1964-04-00 Embassy

Singer, musician and music publisher. Born 20 August 1921, London the son of Russian immigrants. Although the family were poor his mother had a great passion for music and, despite the family’s limited means, Paul’s elder brothers Boris and Joe were given classical music lessons and became professional classical musicians. Paul was originally earmarked to follow in his father’s footsteps as a tailor, but possessed a fine singing voice and a yearning to be an entertainer. He studied guitar under Ivor Mairants and went on to play in the bands of Harry Leader, Eddie Carroll, Ronnie Munro and Oscar Rabin before finally joining Lou Preager. By now he was just as likely to be singing as playing guitar and provided the vocal on over fifty of the band’s recordings on Regal Zonophone, Parlophone and Columbia Records.

In 1942 he began his long association with the Lou Preager Band at London’s Hammersmith Palais. He became Lou's longest serving singer staying with the band over thirteen years.

On many occasions, after all the dancers at the Palais had gone home, Paul would head back into town to perform his guitar-vocal solo act in West End nightspots. He also appeared in two films: 1) In the 1950 thriller Pool of London, for which the Preager band supplied the music and Paul was in a pub scene and 2) in Counter Spy a few years later where he sang a specially written song (by Eric Spear) Slightly Mad in Mexico in a music hall scene, accompanying himself on guitar.

One of the records he made was Cruising Down the River, recorded in 1946. The fast waltz was written by two elderly ladies, Nellie Tollerton and Eily Beadell as part of a ‘Write a Song and Win £1000' competition sponsored by the BBC. Paul was contracted to sing the winning entry and it became the country’s second biggest sheet music seller ever (second only to Doing the Lambeth Walk).

Paul married Marion White at Bayswater Synagogue on 24 June 1952 one son, Clive.

He left the Preager band in 1955 because he needed more time to run his private business venture. He had built up a small chain of sweet and tobacco shops and he felt the time had come to give them his full attention.

However, within a year he was back performing his solo act around London's clubs and coffee bars and even formed a group, The Fortune Airs. Back on record too, in May 1957 he began a long list of 63 singles on Woolworth's Embassy label, becoming one of their most popular artistes staying with them until the label folded in 1965. His last record was called Keep Searchin' backed with Marie in June 1965.

By the 1960s Paul had moved into music publishing, joining Franklyn Boyd, Al Leslie and Cyril Baker in running a string of companies from an office in Saville Row. At Carlin, where he became vice-president, Paul forged his reputation as publisher with a rare gift for nurturing young song writing talent, spotting hits and placing the right songs with the right singer. During the years 1966 to 1976 Carlin received the UK’s Top Publisher Award from Music Week for ten years out of eleven. The success of the company was based on song writing deals with the likes of Bacharach and David and Lieber and Stoller, together with publishing deals with the best of UK talent, such as Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Kinks, Roy Wood, ELO, The Sweet, Genesis, Van der Graef Generator and Nazareth.

The company also had an enviable reputation as a successful sub-publisher of US artistes and catalogues. It represented Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Dolly Parton and the Osmonds and the entire Tamla Motown catalogue during Motown’s most successful years in which it produced hits by Four Tops, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and many more.

After several decades in the music publishing business Paul ended up running the Music Publishers Association. He retired in 1996 after 54 years in the business.

Paul Rich was initiated into Chelsea Lodge in January, 1960. He was WM on two occasions - 1979 and 1999. He attained LGR. He died 23 February 2000, aged 78 years. The BRIT school’s ‘Paul Rich Award for Musical Composition’ is dedicated to his memory.

Comments about Paul Rich: