Saturday, 19 April 2014

Retro Vinyl Find: My Personal Choice by Norrie Paramor & The Midland Radio Orchestra

A visit to a Narberth charity shop in West Wales on Wednesday uncovered this recording for 50p gathering together 11 tracks recorded by record producer and conductor Norrie Paramor in the 1970s.

Norrie was responsible for producing many big names in the 1950s and 60s including Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Helen Shapiro and Frank Ifield and for a time held the record for producing the most number one singles until he was overtaken by Sir George Martin.

This release from BBC Records pulls together 11 tracks Paramor recorded across four albums with the Midland Radio Orchestra in the 1970s including |Ebb Tide, She and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. 

A 12th track represents Paramor's own writing talents with a rendition of The Frightened City, originally a hit recording for The Shadows in 1961.


  1. It's with the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra that I first knew of Norrie Paramor when they used to play the popular hits of the day on Radio 2 Top Tunes.

    1. Its interesting that after producing so many hits Norrie did this work with the BBC, clearly he had a passion for putting this music out and its great that the BBC put these albums out at the time, I'll certainly keep my eyes open for other releases...



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