Many congratulations to Tony Wadsworth on being awarded the CBE for services to the Music Industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Tony is Chairman Of the BPI and ran EMI’s UK operation for many years. It’s difficult not to sound rather creepy when somebody you know and admire gets a gong, but Tony is one of the real good guys. Liked and admired by artists, respected by colleagues and rivals and genuinely loved by his staff, Tony has had (and continues to have) a positive influence on the development of the UK music industry. And in a business that can sometimes lead to “executive cynicism” Tony retains a deep love of music. He’s put in his time at the coal face of Richard Thompson concerts but is equally excited by, and supportive of, the very latest quality music.
Tony is also a trustee of the EMI Archive Trust and occasional reader of this very blog which he calls “the dog blog”! This little gush will no doubt embarrass him but we really don’t care! Congratulations to Tony and family on this well deserved honour.
The honours continue to shower down on Tony Wadsworth. He was recently invited as a special guest on the much acclaimed Word Magazine podcast to talk about his career in the recording industry and his report for MusicTank on the future role of the record label which is called “Remake, Remodel: The Evolution Of The Record Label”. You can download the podcast here and obtain Tony’s report here.