This highly successful UK songwriting and occasional management team was formed in 1964. Their first discoveries were the Honeycombs, then recording for producer Joe Meek. At the time, the songwriting duo was employed by the BBC so wrote songs under the transparent pseudonym, Howard Blaikley. Soon, the Honeycombs reached number 1 in the UK with the duo’s ‘Have I The Right?’ and ‘Howard Blaikley’ was exposed as two people: Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. After leaving the BBC, the duo discovered another pop act for whom they would write a series of hits. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich perfectly exemplified the style of commercial pop in which Howard And Blaikley specialized. The duo extended their management roster to embrace such acts as the Wolves, Alan Dean And His Problems, Gary Wright and the Herd. After writing three major hits for the latter, including the classically-influenced ‘From The Underworld’ and ‘Paradise Lost’, the group left them for rival entrepreneur Andrew Oldham. Other clients included Flaming Youth (with Phil Collins), Dando Shaft, Iain Matthews and Matthews’ Southern Comfort. Following their forays into the charts, they later enjoyed success writing musicals for London’s West End stage.
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