Guts, Balls,Spine, and Courage are the things I admire most in a human being. Being an individual and having the balls to put your ability on the line to a broad audience of people that matter. Niki Lauda had all of this and more. I’ve loved Niki Lauda since I was a young teenager. I’ve always walked my own path and have never had a greater hero within that context, than Niki Lauda.
At his first test at Ferrari as a near complete unknown, Lauda told the venerated “Commendatore” that his car was junk. Ferrari was stunned and told him he had a week to fix it or get fired. To Ferrari’s astonishment Lauda’s direction fixed the car and the rest is history.
I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Ferrari due in large part to Niki Lauda. You will all see this as LBFD moves forward. I can’t wait to get to Fiorano.
I encourage everyone to see Ron Howard’s 2013 film “Rush”, to read more about Niki, and to learn from his example, which is universal, irreplaceable, and undying.
Absolutely gutted to get this news today. George was one of the most gifted pop songwriters and producers that ever lived. Like most true geniuses he was very troubled and I had hoped he would pull out of the latest to live for another era. The second British invasion had an enormous impact on my musical life, to the point where it drove me to London. I met George for the first time at Limelight in 1986. My thoughts go out to Chris Porter, and everyone at SARM from the old days.
George wrote “Careless Whisper” when he was 17. What more is there to say!
George Martin was the greatest record producer who ever lived. He was the most influential and seminal record producer who ever lived. He made the greatest A&R signing in the history of recorded music, and was the steward of the greatest band in the history of popular music. Popular music doesn’t exist as it does today without his direct influence.
To myself and all of my brothers in the MPG, George was the standard bearer of excellence, vision, and risk taking to which we all try to hold ourselves.
I had the enormous privilege and honor of knowing this great man for 18 years. My thought’s go out to Giles, Lady Judy and Family.
The music awards season in London was a welcome break from the production shooting of my financial thriller “London Bridges Falling Down” which wrapped principal photography on site at London Fashion Week. The Producers Guild Awards were the highlight of, and the best night of the year. Gorgeous British actress Laura Bingham, the co-star of my film, was my guest for the evening and she made quite a splash. I got to introduce Laura to much of the leadership of the music industry and even got well wishes from Boy George (the first time we’ve met) who a was a really sweet guy and completely taken in by her. Paul Epworth deservedly won producer of the year again, and we got to see everyone from September Management and XL. Good to see old friends Mick Glossop, Tony Platt, Tommy D and Sue Sillitoe as well. What a night!
Photos Top: Legendary Producer’s Guild Chairman Steve Levine, Producer/writer George Glennon, Actress Laura Bingham
Next: Laura, George
Final: Laura Bingham, Producer of the year Paul Epworth, George Glennon