Tony Calder

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b. 27 June 1943, Surbiton, Surrey, England. Born to Scottish parents, Calder became one of the more aspiring and hustling agents on the mid-60s UK pop scene. Following a stint at Decca Records by day…
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b. 27 June 1943, Surbiton, Surrey, England. Born to Scottish parents, Calder became one of the more aspiring and hustling agents on the mid-60s UK pop scene. Following a stint at Decca Records by day and Mecca dancehalls by night, he worked as a publicist with Mark Wynter and the Beatles. He formed a successful business partnership with the young svengali Andrew Loog Oldham, an involvement that went from the business management of the Rolling Stones to the creation of the PR company Image, which represented, among others, the Beach Boys and Freddie And The Dreamers. Together they founded Immediate Records, one of the first independent labels. Immediate became one of the most innovative and fondly remembered (but ill-fated) record companies of the 60s. Calder also managed Marianne Faithfull and produced two of her hits, ‘Come And Stay With Me’ and ‘This Little Bird’. Calder was always the backroom boy of British pop, perpetually on the horizon, but not well known outside the business. During the 70s, he discovered and secured the Bay City Rollers their recording contract with Bell Records and represented Eddie Grant during his most successful period. It was Calder who was responsible for Grant’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’ being issued, a song that would have remained a demo but for his ear for a good pop song. He remained in various areas of the pop world, giving Jive Bunny three UK number 1 hits in a row, and enjoyed success with his publishing company, Marylebone Music, which he sold to London Festival Productions in 1991. When the relaunch of Immediate was announced in 1993, both Calder and Oldham enjoyed considerable media attention, indicating that, contrary to their press in the past, their brand of outspoken honesty is still very much welcomed. No launch took place, but the inimitable pair attracted further media attention in 1994 having written a book on Abba.