Frankie Neilson began his career as a young fresh-faced 17-year-old recording engineer at the Marquee Studios in London’ s Wardour Street which was situated behind the famous Marquee Club in Soho London’s red light district before joining Elton John’s record label DJM as Assistant A&R Manager for four years in 1974.
DJM was owned and run by Beatles publisher Dick James who was also responsable for discovering Elton John and this was a great opportunity for Frankie to learn the music business from the ground up before moving to Polydor Records UK A&R Department in 1979 where he worked with such artists as Paul Weller, The Jam, Ian Dury, 60’s legend Billy Fury and his favourite group the Comsat Angels in the 80’s.
“I was so proud to work for Polydor Records as it was the label in the 60’s who released albums by Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Taste which I loved!”
Starting his own label Individual Records in the mid 80’s Frankie released six 45 rpm records and two 12″ records which have become collectable because nobody bought them!
Next he jumped over the big pond to Toronto before locating and settling in Vancouver, in British Columbia.
In 1999 Frankie started his own website www.beatmerchant.com and started selling music items through the website and on eBay where he has achieved over 750 customer recommendations, then in 2005 with the music industry in total decline he started his own record store, The Beatmerchant Specailty Record Store in Steveston Village, Richmond BC.
Flying in the face of everything that has happened in the music business lately such as ipods, copying and downloads he has built a loyal and dedicated following of customers in the historic and beautiful fishing village Steveston on the mighty Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
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