Received in the Parlour by the Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Clive Bennett – Monday 9 July 2012

When an arrival is announced; the Mayor is never quite sure what to expect.  With Mick Clark an A & R man responsible for recording three American rhythm and blues acts including work with Soul II Soul, Maxi Priest and Loose Ends, it was forty five minutes of personal history spanning the progress of British R & B recording and his first meeting with Jazzie B back in 1981.

Mick is an irrepressible realist with a talent for giving financial legs to singer song writers who are quick to learn that staying alive as a recording artiste means fuelling enterprise and recognising that talent, however well it’s packaged is simply not enough.  The road to developing a `brand heritage’ like Jazzie B and Soul II Soul is littered with those who just didn’t take on the discipline of a musical endurance that keeps them recording at the same level of creative integrity year on year, something that those who seemed to have been around longer than the record labels have learned the hard way using the identifiable technique of a mainstream professional.

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