Dick Leahy

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b. 1937, London, England. Leahy first came to the fore in the music business during the late 60s when he was appointed A&R manager of Philips Records. Their artists during that period included Dusty Springfield,…
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b. 1937, London, England. Leahy first came to the fore in the music business during the late 60s when he was appointed A&R manager of Philips Records. Their artists during that period included Dusty Springfield, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich and the Walker Brothers. From 1970-74, Leahy worked as managing director of Bell Records, a company that dominated the UK market with a string of hit singles from such artists as Dawn, David Cassidy, Gary Glitter, the Drifters, the Delfonics, Barry Blue, Showaddywaddy and Slik. Leahy was directly responsible for the label’s signing of the hugely successful Bay City Rollers and he showed a keen ability to recognize hit potential. During the late 70s, he moved to GTO Records, whose roster included Donna Summer and, coincidentally, the Walker Brothers. With his considerable experience of the music business, Leahy branched out into music publishing in the 80s, teaming up with former Pretty Things’ manager Bryan Morrison. The new company, Morrison/Leahy, missed the opportunity to sign the Smiths, but secured the songwriting catalogue of Wham! Leahy was instrumental in advising the young star George Michael and is generally regarded as his most powerful ally in the music business. Although Michael dispensed with most of his working colleagues over the years, Leahy was retained as music publisher when the star left Wham! for a successful solo career.