On Sunday 10th June 2012, Henry Hadaway celebrated his 70th Birthday in style by raising thousands of pounds for Further Research into Glaucoma for Moorfields Eye Charity. The event itself was held at The Hendon Hall Hotel in North West London and covered by OK! Magazine.
Jessica-Jane Clement and her fiancé Lee Stafford were in attendance as well as various other TV Personalities such as Eastenders Ricky Grover, Heartbeats Nick Berry, Various cast members from Skins and Made in Chelsea.
Sally Farmiloe compered the evening, giving way for the Dynamic Duo of Entertainment, Kenny Lynch and Bobby Davro to sell, sell, sell in the evenings Auction that proved to interest many amongst the guests.
Chris White, (ex-Music Week and current Midem, Mipcom and Mip Journalist) who has chronicled Henry's Career in Music Week and Various other publications, addressed the guests with a tribute to Henry:
"I’ve known Henry for almost 40 years, ever since I arrived from Yorkshire as an extremely youthful cub reporter from a local paper, to write for the esteemed music industry bible, Music Week. My editor, in one of my first assignments, sent me to interview this rising star of the music industry, Henry Hadaway, who then had HAIR, cool shades, wore a nice suitably flared trendy suit, and … well, I don’t think he was quite wearing stack heeled shoes, but man, to me he epitomised what this exciting music industry was all about!
In fact, Henry already had several years’ experience of the music biz under his belt. He’d started back in 1969 after working four years as a structural engineer, and decided to follow the rocky road to the heart of the then contemporary music scene. Henry was fortunate enough to meet the acclaimed American jazz singer Salena Jones who generously encouraged and introduced him to people such as Alexis Korner among other influential music business names. Very soon he was promoting gigs under the pioneering banner of Sunday Rock at the Lyceum (a name that he coined), at the famous theatre just off London’s Strand. Henry also promoted gigs at The Marquee and The Mean Fiddler among others, promoting gigs by such up-and-coming names as David Bowie, Iggy Pop (I wonder whatever happened to them?), Wishbone Ash, Renaissance, The Strawbs, and the rather gloriously named Blodwyn Pig. All early 70s rock names to conjure with!
Henry also proved his mettle in the music agency arena with gigs by important artists from the Motown label including The Four Tops, Marv Johnson, Jimmy Ruffin and Edwin Starr. And no less a name that the now-legendary rock promoter Harvey Goldsmith often booked some of his earliest gigs though Henry. Another memorable concert promoted and produced by Henry was Matt Monro, and comedians Max Wall, and Tommy Trinder, and many more, at the world famous London Palladium.
Henry formed Satril Records – taking the name as an amalgam of his wife Torill and daughter Sarah’s Christian names – and quickly started having success on the recording front, with such acts as The Sandpipers, who charted with Hang On Sloopy, our estimable auctioneer tonight Kenny Lynch who had a best-seller with Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned a Penny (well you wouldn’t, with Henry!), Godiego who were smash hits in the Japanese recording market, with sales of over 32 million, and Connie Francis. In fact, Henry was an innovator in the independent record label sector, and had his own Satril Records label identity in no less than 25 different territories during the 70s, an achievement that outstripped other indie label contemporaries of the time like Chrysalis, Virgin and Island. He also launched the successful rock label Crash Records, and had his own recording studio in Finchley Road which was regularly used by such top names as Kenny Lynch, who helped and was part of the HHO family, creating a great atmosphere record. There were also producers Biddu and Steve Levine, and the legendary Marvin Gaye who produced acts for HHO. Henry himself produced many acts including The Sandpipers, The Rockin’ Berries and the great Frankie Vaughan with whom he made Frankie’s last-ever album, and launched it with a big media party at the Bootleggers Club in London’s West End.
During this period Henry through the Satril label was the first, together with such names as Tilly Rutherford, Pete Waterman and Biddu, to promote the burgeoning disco genre.
Probably the key to Henry’s enormous and enduring success has been his international outlook – while other companies were sticking to the domestic market, he always had an eye to the overseas markets and opened offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Nashville, and later on Sydney, Australia, and also established a firm footing in the Asian and Far East markets.
Henry promoted rock gigs in Europe – including a prestigious festival in Malta in December 1989 on the occasion of the historic summit between Presidents George Bush and Mikael Gorbachev. Working closely with the first Maltese prime minister Dom Mintoff, Henry staged Give Peace A Chance, a concert to promote world peace with international pop names like Chris de Burgh, Leo Sayer, Sinitta, Aimii Stewart and Aswad.
Through a deal with Florida based impresario Mike Winters , who with his brother Bernie had enjoyed huge success as the variety act Mike and Bernie Winters here in the UK back in the 60s, he became responsible for the catalogues of the Church Street Station and Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace music TV, video and record series, which attracted such superstar names as Tammy Wynette and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also went into magazine publishing with Replay, the first popular music CD-cover mounted magazine, Exposed, and Jazz on CD. Over the years he has continued to attend the annual MIDEM music market in the south of France, and received various award from Reed Midem for his presence at the market. He also forged a close friendship with Reed Midem’s UK managing director, Peter Rhodes OBE.
Henry has continued to make inroads in the music industry, both at home and internationally, and is of course still very active with the Henry Hadaway Organisation. He has also branched out into multi-media, producing and distributing DVDs and programmes tailored for TV including the Peter Green documentary Man Of The World, shown on the BBC. He also recently started manufacturing facilities for third party independent music and media companies like Delta Leisure, Not Now Music, and Go Entertain.
Henry has been described and considered by his peers and the music trade media as ‘a pioneer of UK independents on the international music scene’. An entrepreneur, survivor, a legend for re-inventing himself and his company, and even icon. That’s our Henry.
And let’s not forget … we are talking here of the man who introduced THE TWEETS into the pantheon of popular music history! For a mere £75 Henry recorded a little European ditty which became better known as The Birdie Song which became one of the biggest dance floor anthems of all time! I kid you not … Henry’s recording sold over 1.6 million copies in the UK alone and is one of the all-time best sellers. It also has the Channel 4 TV accolade of being voted one of the most irritating pop records of all-time! It also marked the Top of the Pops debut of Henry’s daughter Sarah … dressed as a Tweet! She still hasn’t forgiven Henry. Oh well … you win some and you lose some!
This novelty success inspired Henry to even produce Mr ‘Monster Monster’ himself, the inimitable radio presenter and football agent Eric Hall, here tonight (where are you Eric?) and release a single Monster Mash by him. He has also produced EastEnders actor Ricky Grover, another guest this evening. Talking of actors … Henry himself has latent thespian talents. He produced and made sure that he appeared in the movie Inside Out, loosely based on his own adventures in the music world!
I could go for a lot longer about Henry Hadaway’s achievements in the international music business, but will stop here. Suffice to say, he has always had the respect of his contemporaries and peers, and there’s no doubt that he has a lot more to offer the music world in the future. Congratulations Henry on your five decades in the business, and on this very special occasion of your 70th birthday, where you are surrounded by members of your loving family as well as many of those you have worked with and known over the decades."
Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight
Glaucoma is one of the world's leading causes of blindness. In the UK, 1 in 50 people over 40 have this condition. Glaucoma is not curable, but blindness is preventable if the glaucoma is diagnosed and treated early enough. While there are usually no warning signs, regular eye tests will help detect the onset of the disease.
Glaucoma is an eye condition characterised by loss of vision due to damage of the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries sight images to the brain, and any damage to the nerve results in damage to sight.
Usually, but not always, the damage occurs because pressure within the eye increases and presses on the nerve, which damages it.If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, this does not mean you will go blind, especially if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma at an early stage in the disease.
Drops and sometimes operations can stabilise the glaucoma, and, with regular check-ups, you will be able to manage the condition. You will experience some degree of sight loss but it will be minimised with effective treatment.
Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight Video produced by HHO's own Dean Stuart Ali
Court Judgement in favour of HHO against Acrobat Music Ltd./John Cooper personally
On 19/01/2012 a court judgement has been awarded to HHO Multimedia Ltd against Acrobat Music Ltd and its managing director, John Cooper, personally. The judgement was for the amount of £111,675.67 pounds sterling.
The dispute has been going on for over 3 years, arising from the non-payment of royalties accrued in favour of HHO and bouncing checks by Acrobat Muisc Ltd.
HHO's general manager, Sami Chidiac, comments:
"I am glad with the court's decision as this case has been wasting unnecessary time and energy. Now, the next step is to apply the judgement. I hope Mr. Cooper will have the good sense to avoid further penalties against himself personally and also to avoid further time wasting."
HHO Representing Holly Rose
Exciting news as British singer/songwriter Holly Rose is now represented by HHO outside of the UK. We are looking for partners worldwide, publishing and master rights are available…
Imagine Karen Carpenter with the sensual disposition of, say, Nina Simone, or perhaps Joni Mitchell with the bedroom eyes of Alicia Keys. In a voice dripping with honey, Holly sings mostly, she says, about sex and sensuality.
"I particularly wanted this record to be both sexual and sensual because that, I guess, is a big part of my life." A wide smile. "I'm talking about profound emotion here," she clarifies. "I love being in love, I love the feeling it generates, and writing songs about it gives me much the same sensation."
Holly Rose's debut album “Vulnerable To Touch” is available now, here are some highlights of her career so far:
• Opened at the Royal Albert Hall with The Who
• Supported Mica Paris on UK tour
• “I Don’t Care” on BBC Radio 2 playlist for 7 weeks
• “Down To One Kiss” reached no. 12 in UK Club Charts
For more information on Holly Rose and her music, please visit her MySpace page. You can also view official music videos on our YouTube Channel.
Deal Seals Long-Term Partnership
HHO and X5 Music Group of Sweden have renewed their business relationship at MIDEM with a six-figure audio licensing deal, with additional rights for physical releases.
"It's been a great four years working with X5 on the digital side and we look forward to maintaining our relationship." Said Sami Chidiac, HHO general manager. Shaking hands on the deal are HHO's Sarah Hadaway (left) and Henry Hadaway, X5 Music's Johan Lagerof and HHO's Sami Chidiac.
'MIDEM News' article on HHO (25/01/2010)
Now in its fifth decade of business, HHO (Henry Hadaway Organisation) has launched HHO Manufacturing and during the last six months has produced over seven million CDs and DVDs.
CEO Henry Hadaway said "The new manufacturing facility has provided HHO with enough ammunition to make an impact on the CD/DVD manufacturing market, fulfilling existing licensees' manufacturing needs as well as securing a range of new clients from dance to classical labels, independent artists and cover-mount projects. To facilitate this, HHO has employed a variety of professionals from the industry with decades of experience."
The HHO Group of Companies is proud to announce the opening of our manufacturing arm.
HHO Manufacturing is the "one stop shop" for manufacturing needs of independent artists, record labels and distributors. The company has adopted an approach that would endeavour to complete every job to the highest standards possible in the shortest time. HHO Multimedia assigns an account manager to each order, therefore you have a dedicated point of contact, allowing you to relax and be assured your order is in good hands at all times.
HHO Signs Long-Term Distribution Deal
Henry Hadaway celebrated his 40th anniversary in the music business by signing a long-term MIDEM deal with Swedish company X5 Music Group for physical and digital international distribution of HHO's visual product. Hadaway (left) shakes hands on the deal with X5 Music CEO Johan Largerlof and HHO Mutimedia's Sami Chidiac
'MIDEM News' article on HHO (19/01/2009)
Music industry veteran Henry Hadaway is celebrating his 40th anniversary in the music industry during 2009. He is back at MIDEM looking for publishing catalogues to acquire and to license titles from HHO's 800 strong publishing catalogue, which is being relaunched.
Hadaway started out in 1969 as a concert agent and promoter, and in 1973 formed HHO, which at the time included the Satril Records label and a recording studio. In particular the company had considerable success in Japan and, more recently, in 2004 Hadaway opened offices in Sydney, Australia.
'The key to the company's longevity, and the fact that it has survived as an independent, has been down to keeping abreast of trends and not following them' Hadaway said, "In 2006, we launched Bringins Multimedia and A-List Productions to deal with all aspects of visual production.
'At MIDEM, we are promoting the visual and downloaded side of the company. Nowadays, it's not sufficient to just release physical product - the internet and mobile phones are equally important. HHO is constantly looking for new platforms to exploit its vast audio, visual and publishing catalogue'
Henry Hadaway Wins Court Case
Henry Hadaway, Chairman of HHO Ltd, has won a court case dated Thursday 15th January 2009 against Palm Tree UK Ltd, represented by Robbie Moffat Aitken and Mairi Fraser Sutherland at the Willesden County Court (claim no. 8W100124)
The Dispute was in regards to the rights of the original story and the co-writing of the story by HH and RM of the feature film 'Inside Out'. RM, the defendant, was falsley claiming that the rights of the story and the script are vested in him. HH, the claimant, was successful as the rights owner of the story and co-writer of the script.
HH states that "I am elated on the result. This is the first battle won, however, I hope Palm Tree will see reason and not open Pandora's Box on themselves and their various companies by trying to negotiate the follow up disputes rather than fight a losing battle".
HHO Feature Film Debut 'Inside Out'
HHO, in association with Palm Tree Producitons, has just completed filming HHO's first feature film, 'Inside Out'. The original story was written by HHO's chairman Henry Hadaway, script by Henry Hadaway and Robbie Maffat and directed by Robbie Moffat.
A romantic thriller filmed in London and Cannes in the south of France, a student doctor, James Silverdale (Tony Streeter), meets Christabel (Charlotte Radford) from Prague in a London restaurant where she works and they fall in love.
The ambitious Christabel, who wants to own her own nightclub, gets involved with a couple of older rich men, a property and a music producer, to attain her ambition. James, whose brother is paying for his university education and up-keep, becomes resentful and begins to suspect Christabel's intentions on her true relationship with her new 'business aquaintances'
Cast includes: Tony Streeter, Charlotte Radford, Saeed Jaffrey and Mike Read.
Produced by Marie Sutherland; Executive Producers: Henry Hadaway and Robbie Moffat.
'The Peter Green Story - Man of the World'
Legendary musician Peter Green was co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, one of the most sucessful bands to emerge from the 1960s. The documentary film marks Fleetwood Mac's 40th anniversary year and traces Green's early successes, having written the band's first number one hit Albatross, and Black Magic Woman (later a huge hit for Santana)
It also examines Green's subsequent spiral into schizophrenia. The film features extensive rare archive footage of live and studio performances and in-depth interviews with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac's original producer) and Carlos Santana.
All rights for all media, territory of the world (excluding Europe, for DVD only) is available for licensing DVD, theatrical and broadcast.
Bringins Multimedia Ltd is a London based independent production company established in 2006 as part of the HHO Group of Companies that produces high quality Feature Length Films, as well as Music Videos, Entertainment DVDs, Special Interest, Keep Fit, Documentaries, Biographies and Programming for all media platforms and much more.
Bringins Multimedia specialises in Multimedia production including Production and Post Production facilities, Multimedia Consultancy, Original Programming, and Concept Development.
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