Breaking Bands with EMI and Taking No Prisoners
Photo 15 Page highlights the prestigious award for "Promotion Executive of the Year" for Phillip Rauls and a flurry of promotion & marketing activity for new recording EMI artists.Talk about a magical year, take note of these historical achievements for record label.
Phillip Rauls (R) is being honored with the EMI Records Outstanding Achevement Award at CHR Radio at the company's corporate convention in Los Angeles. Pictured with Phillip is West Coast VP of Promotion Mark Kargol
Platinum disks encase the EMI Records Promotion Executive of the Year Award
Metal Rockers Queensryche earn their Platium Album Award on their "Empire" LP. (L-R) Phillip Rauls-EMI, Eddie Jackson, Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Rob Gordon-EMI, Chris Degarmo, Chris Baca-EMI
It was a tough job but somebody had to do it...
Make no excuses was the slogan for EMI Seattle and ultimate theme for success
The power of radio was a major force in the breaking of a new artist. Record companies invested enormous promotion budgets to lobby for favorable airtime. Bottom line, when consumers heard a desireable song on the radio they would then purchase the record.
Manhattan Records was a subsidiary of EMI
Bobby McFerrin's monster hit "Don't Worry Be Happy" blanketed the airwaves coast to coast.
The Seattle radio market was rated as 13th nationally in a survey of media ranking. Pictured above are four radio programmers from the Seattle market in a rare photograph considering they were fierce rivals. Here hanging out together with you know who are; (L-R) Phillip Rauls-EMI, Brew Michaels-KXRX, Steve Young-KISW, Randy Erwin-KUBE and Casey Keathing-KPLZ.
At the peak of it's popularity, this tune was played hundreds of times a day while people would even whistle the song at work.
A Portland concert & instore appearence brings Bobby McFerrin together with the marketing team. (L-R) Phillip Rauls-EMI, Bobby McFerrin, Christin-CEMA, Russ Martin-CEMA.
Meanwhile back in Memphis, long time friend and former sidekick John Kilzer signs a major artist contract with Geffen Records. Pictured here in an earlier photo from Kilzer's wedding are John and groomsman Phillip Rauls
"Simple Pleasures" album by Bobby McFerrin is certified as a platinum selling album.
Newspaper article gives John Kilzer's background.
John Kilzer's first album on Geffen Records was titled "Memory In The Making" and yielded the noted album radio hit, "Red Blue Jeans."
Natalie Cole's monster hit "Pink Cadillac" was a top ten single for the EMI recording artist. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop charts and went all the way to #1 on the Dance charts.
Official Geffen Records press kit picture
Natalie Cole's appearance in Seattle produced an interview with the morning team at KPLZ Radio. (L-R) Phillip Rauls-EMI, Kent Phillips-KPLZ, Natalie Cole, Alan Budwill-KPLZ, Mark Allen-KPLZ and Casey Keathing-KPLZ
Natalie Cole's "Everlasting" LP on EMI was a return to the charts for the star vocalist and considered as her career resurgence while serving as her comeback album.
EMI's Pet Shop Boys fourth album was titled "Introspective" and sold almost 5 million copies worldwide.
The song "Pink Cadillac" was originally written by Bruce Springteen in 1981 while the image might have been conceived still earlier by Elvis Presley with his idea of using the vehicle as his touring car.
Here's a Pet Shop Boys collectors item promoting the hit song "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously" recorded with legendary vocalist Dusty Springfield on EMI.
England's brilliant electronic and dance duo the Pet Shop Boys was comprised of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. They were a top act at EMI with numerous hits such as; "West End GIrls," "Suburbia," "It's A Sin," "Left To My Own Devices," and "What Have I Done To Deserve This."
Robert Palmer's second EMI album was titled "Don't Explain." This album displayed even more of his diverse musical styles including R&B, Jazz, Rock and music from the islands. Guests on this album included UB40 and featured the Bob Dylan penned "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" that was a Top 10 chart record. Plus, the Marvin Gaye cover song of "Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You" was a bold and respectable offering to a classic song which ultimately continued to link Palmer with his strong female audience. Of all of Robert Palmer's works, two absolute favorites comes from this lesser known album being the Otis Redding song "Dreams To Remember" and also a song co-wrote by Palmer and Mary Ambrose titled "Aeroplane." Beyond a doubt, "Don't Explain" was truly a great album.
A January 1989 issue of the music industry tip sheet, Scott's Tissue, often known for it's satire, spotlights Phillip with a few choice comments.
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