The Triumph Records Story
Part 5: After Joe Meek opted out of the company
As Joe Meek, much to the annoyance of his business partner William H. Barrington-Coupe, had signed the artists to himself, not to the company, he simply took them along to his new project RGM Sound, while Triumph had to start from scratch after his departure. Barrington-Coupe signed arranger, trombone player and orchestra leader Johnny Keating as successor for Meek. For a short time Keating could fall back on some Meek projects, but then had to develop new projects himself.
John Keating, 1960
This single, a Meek composition, wasn't released but appeared under the same number re-recorded with a new arrangement by Keating and different flip side the following month:
This single remained unreleased.
The stamp on the label is a revenue stamp of the british "Mechanical Copyright Protection Society". The record company had to buy these revenue stamps and paste them to the label. In case of small print runs from unknown record companies the MCPS insisted in collecting this way the royalties which became due by pressing the record.
Laura's "answer" to Tell Laura I Love Her (sung by John Leyton on Top Rank) ends the story of Triumph Records. The big gaps between the numbers may point to planned projects, but there's nothing known about them.
Triumph Records went into liquidation in spring 1961 without much ado, the remaining stocks were sold off and turned up some years later at some London second-hand record shops.
In 1966, Meek's partner in Triumph Records, William H. Barrington-Coupe, went into prison for tax fraud for one year. After that he returned to the record industry: He bought up several commercially failed classical recordings and re-released them under fantasy orchestra-, conductor- and interpret names on his budget label "Concert Artists". (Still today this is no unknown practice in the classical recording business.) In 2007 his name went through the press when a large-scale fraud was discovered: His wife, the pianist Joyce Hatto who suffered from cancer, allegedly had recorded around 100 CDs within 10 years, but in fact it was only one CD she actually had played herself. For the other ones Barrington-Coupe had combined recordings by 96 pianists and manipulated them by computer in a way that the original pianists couldn't be recognized anymore. (Probably Meek would have taken mischievous pleasure in this music miracle ...)
Meek's business partner Wilfred Alonzo "Major" Banks after leaving RGM Sound Ltd. remained active as entrepreneur and consultant in several branches of trade; his last company was Metalcraft Ltd. Banks passed away on May 29, 1983, in Penryn, Cornwall.
Further information on "Major" Banks and the history of Saga Records is to be found on Garth Banks' blog (here).
Quellen/Sources: Sammlung/Collection Harald Bluschke, Thomas Meyer and Jörg Richard, Neue Zürcher Zeitung February 2, 2010, Singer, Mark: Fantasia for Piano - Joyce Hatto's incredible career - in: The New Yorker, September 17, 2007,Record Collector 186, Feb. 1995
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