An important figure in British rock & roll and record production, Stuart Colman first came to prominence as a member of Pinkerton's Assorted Colours in 1966. Together with vocalist Tony Newman, he was recruited for live gigs with Tony Macauley and Geoff Stevens' Flying Machine, who experienced an unexpected U.S. Top Five hit with "Smile a Little Smile for Me" in 1969. He later resurfaced as a BBC radio broadcaster. A longtime champion of the cause for more authentic rock & roll on radio, he marched to the Houses of Parliament with a deputation in 1976. He had an impressive catalog as a record producer, and much of Shakin' Stevens' success could be attributed to Colman. He also worked with a number of other acts including the Blasters, Cliff Richard, Phil Everly, Alvin Stardust, the Jets, and the Inmates, and in 1986 he produced one of his all-time heroes, Little Richard.