LETTER FROM JOHN MERRITT

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT ON 21ST SEPTEMBER 1977 DAVID BUSSEY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM JOHN MERRITT, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SUNBURY MUSIC, EXPRESSING HIS SADNESS AT THE END OF AN ERA?


David got to know John Merritt in the early days of the fan club. John was working out of the Decca Records headquarters on London's Albert Embankment, where Burlington Music was based. (It was a subsidiary of Decca Records.) John Nice was in charge and under him worked John Merritt & Martin Grinham. Burlington Music had worldwide control of Jim's publishing companies, except the USA & Canada. Messrs. Nice & Grinham soon left Burlington to form their own Valentine Music, and John was left at the helm. He worked unstintingly on Mary's catalogues & several Shannon releases in the UK. No other company or business supported the Jim Reeves fan club & what it was trying to achieve, like John & Burlington. Eventually John moved on to head Sunbury Music, RCA's UK publishing arm, but he continued to take an avid interest in the fan club's activities.
 

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COURTESY: DAVID BUSSEY SCRAPBOOKS