Welcome to my on-line tribute to the London based Chiswick label. Started in 1975 and, under various guises, still going strong to this day, Chiswick put out some of my favorite records ever. Here you'll find an ever growing collection of info, record sleeves, old advertisements and whatever comes to mind. So dig in and enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Press release 21st January 1976

Dear

Hi! We're a new record company and this is our first release, a for track EP in the grand tradition of the Pretty Things, Yardbirds, early Stones performed with much energy and ethousiasm by the unkown London based COUNT BISHOPS.

The enclosed record, biog., poster, press cuttings et. should tell you all you want to know about the band. The record itself is being well recieved in this city where to date we have picked up Radio plays from:- Roger Scott, John Peel, Nicky Horne, Roscoe and Charlie Gillett. Retail sales have justified the interest in the record and to date we have shifted over a thousand copies, (over 600 of them in the UK, from aproximately 30 shops, mostly in and around London.) and we are still picking up steam!

Anyway, this is were YOU come in. We are extanding our ampaign to the other major towns and cities outside London and we have circularized a couple of hundred of the major record retailers throughout the country, including several in your area, in order to pursuade them to stock the COUNT BISHOPS' EP and we have promised to try to obtain RADIO plays in their areas, hope you can help.

Just before we finish, we should introduce ourselves to you and tell you a little about the label. The label was started by Ted Carroll and Roger Armstrong, both previously in artist management, (Thin Lizzy, Chieftains and Horslips) now run an oldies record retailing business with 3 branches in London. Motivated by the fact that we could not supply many of the records our customers were asking for (because the records were deleted/not available/never released in this country) we resolved to start our own record label to specialize in releasing not only weird and wonderful long forgotten oldies, but also records by very new and upcoming groups who might escape the notice of the major record companies. As we had no previous experience of actually running a record label we decided to enlist the help of a friend Trevor Churchill, who has previously worked at Bell and EMI in order to take care of business.

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