Memories of EMI – Tris Penna at Abbey Road, 1994


The lovely folks from the EMI Archive Trust sat down with record industry legend – Tris Penna as a part of their Memories of EMI campaign. Tris Penna worked for EMI for 10 years from 1987 to 1997 as a producer, A&R and manager. In this video he shares a short memory of his time at Abbey Road studios and the people he worked with!

If you are interested in taking part in this campaign you can contact the EMI Archive Trust:

The Night that changed America


On the 9th of February 1964, The Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show in the US for the first time. They were an absolute hit and the boys were at the forefront of the invasion of British music into American popular culture! 50 years on and it’s still a cracking performance!

Alan Blumlein Stereo Model


Lets say that you are a scientist, a physicist and mathematician. You are a genius and have just invented a new technology that could revolutionise the music industry… How would you pitch the idea to the directors and business team of your company, they are not scientists, but hold the power to release the funds you need to finish off the work?

Well if you were Alan Blumlein and had just developed stereo technology at EMI’s Central Research Laboratories, you’d create a large scale model. His model showed how one needle in a specially cut groove on a record could give out two signals simultaneously resulting in a more stereophonic sound. Here is a short video of that model in action. Notice the difference in readings between the two dials.

30 years of NOW Music


The NOW that’s what I call music CD compilation album is 30 years old today.
The most successful/best selling of the NOW series was NOW 44 millennium edition in 1999 which sold 2.3 million copies and was released in November instead of the usual December release.

Can you guess which artist has the most tracks on the NOW albums?
It’s the one and only Robbie Williams!

A ghost in the machine


Deep in the vaults of the EMI Archive lies a mysterious Ghostly Gramophone player. Despite laying dormant for many years, while showing visitors around the collection an unsuspecting intern and her guests witnessed the turn table revolving. The gramophone in question in not electric, no one had touched it and the winding mechanism is frozen.
We have video footage of the guests looking curiously at the turn table as the turn table continues to turn unassisted!
Is this paranormal activity or do you have a more scientific explanation?

Special thanks to Danielle Burgess, Kevin Bell and Dev Ruprai.