Mickie Most

(1938—2003) singer and record producer

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b. Michael Peter Hayes, 20 June 1938, Aldershot, Hampshire, England, d. 30 May 2003, London, England. In the late 50s Most toured and recorded for Decca Records as the Most Brothers with Alex Wharton who later produced the Moody Blues ’ hit ‘Go Now’. From 1959-63 he worked in South Africa as the frontman of the Playboys, producing hit versions of songs such as Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and Ray Peterson’s ‘Corrine Corrina’. Most returned to Britain aiming to develop a career in production. After scoring a minor hit with ‘Mr. Porter’, he became producer of the Newcastle R&B band the Animals. Beginning with ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ in 1964, Most supervised seven hit singles by the band and was now in demand as a producer. Much of his skill at this time lay in his choice of songs for artists such as the Nashville Teens and Herman’s Hermits, for whom he found ‘Silhouettes’, ‘I’m Into Something Good’ and ‘Wonderful World’. After his earliest UK successes Most was given a five-year retainer production deal by CBS Records in America, under which he produced records by Lulu, Terry Reid, Jeff Beck and Donovan, for whom he created a new electric sound on ‘Sunshine Superman’ (1966). He had later successes with artists such as Mary Hopkin (the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest entry, ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’) and Julie Felix (‘El Condor Pasa’) but after 1969 he concentrated on running the RAK Records label. For over a decade, RAK singles were regularly to be found in the UK Top 10. The roster included Hot Chocolate, Alexis Korner’s CCS, Smokie, Chris Spedding, Kim Wilde, Suzi Quatro, and Mud. The last three acts were produced by NickyChinn and MikeChapman for RAK.


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