Working at Record Mirror was a most enjoyable time for me and Norman Joplin’s new book ‘Shake It Up Baby’ brought it all back. I remember a band called the Bee Gees had just arrived in London and I was asked to interview them. The RM office in Shaftesbury Avenue was so small I interviewed them in the narrow hallway, with them sitting on boxes. I was writing so many features for the publication ranging from artists such as Bobby Darin to Paul Simon, that I began using pseudonyms such as Brenda Tarry and David Berglas. I was surprised to learn that Berglas, a name I made up, was actually the name of a noted practicing Magician!
Norman still retains bound issues of Record Mirror and promised to send me some of my articles when he tracks them down. The first one he’s sent is an interview I did with Scott Walker at his Chelsea flat. Part of his chat surrounded his forthcoming album ‘Scott 2,’ issued in March 1968.