Derek Shulman

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Derek Shulman
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Shulman playing the Shulberry with Gentle Giant at Yale University
Background information
Birth name Derek Victor Shulman
Born (1947-02-11) 11 February 1947 (age 71)
Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Music executive, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, saxophone, recorder, bass, percussion, keyboards, Shulberry
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Gentle Giant

Derek Shulman (born Derek Victor Shulman, 11 February 1947, in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish musician and singer, multi-instrumentalist, and record executive. From 1970 to 1980, he was lead vocalist for the band Gentle Giant. [1]

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Career

Shulman began his recording career as the singer of British pop band Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, with Pete O'Flaherty, Eric Hine, Tony Ransley, and his brothers Phil Shulman and Ray Shulman. Recording in the late 1960s for Parlophone Records, the band struggled with creative difficulties after experiencing some commercial success with several top 40 hits, including the top 10 hit "Kites". The band finally dissolved in 1969.

Simon Dupree and the Big Sound were a Scottish psychedelic band formed in 1966 by brothers, Derek Shulman (vocals), Phil Shulman, and Ray Shulman ; also known for their later prog rock band, Gentle Giant.

A sibling is one of two or more individuals having one or both parents in common. A full sibling is a first-degree relative. A male sibling is a brother, and a female sibling is a sister. In most societies throughout the world, siblings often grow up together, thereby facilitating the development of strong emotional bonds. The emotional bond between siblings is often complicated and is influenced by factors such as parental treatment, birth order, personality, and personal experiences outside the family.

Philip Arthur Shulman, is a Scottish musician who was a member of the progressive rock group Gentle Giant from 1970 to 1973 and performed on their albums Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends, and Octopus.

The three brothers went on to form progressive rock band Gentle Giant with guitarist Gary Green, keyboardist Kerry Minnear, and drummer Martin Smith (later replaced by Malcolm Mortimore, who was himself replaced by John Weathers). In Gentle Giant, Shulman became known as a dynamic frontman in the live environment and recorded twelve albums with the band over ten years. While the band secured a loyal following of fairly devout fans, they never experienced wide commercial success and, with their popularity waning slightly in the late 1970s, they disbanded after the release of the 1980 album Civilian . Like his band members, Shulman was quite adept on several instruments, including saxophone, recorder, bass, clavichord and their own Shulberry, an electric 3-stringed ukulele.

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Gentle Giant English progressive rock band

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Record executive

Following his recording career, Shulman became a prominent record executive. [1] Starting as an A&R representative at PolyGram Records, where he rose to the ranks of senior vice president, he signed Bon Jovi, Dan Reed Network, Cinderella, Kingdom Come, and Enuff Z'nuff among many others. In 1988, he became president and CEO of Atco Records, where his first signing was blues rock band Tangier, followed by progressive metal band Dream Theater and Pantera. He also re-established the careers of AC/DC and Bad Company, both of whom sold multi-platinum albums under his watch. He then went on to become president of Roadrunner Records overseeing signings like Slipknot and Nickelback. In March 2010, Shulman established a new venture with international music impresario Leonardo Pavkovic called 2PLUS Music & Entertainment.

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Discography

Albums

With Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
Parlophone German-British record label

Parlophone Records Limited is a German-British record label founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company as Parlophon. The British branch of the company was founded in 8 August 1923 as The Parlophone Company Limited , which developed a reputation in the 1920s as a jazz record label. On 5 October 1926, the Columbia Graphophone Company acquired Parlophone's business, name, logo, and release library, and merged with the Gramophone Company on 31 March 1931 to become Electric & Musical Industries Limited (EMI). George Martin joined EMI in 1950 as assistant label manager, taking over as manager in 1955. Martin produced and released a mix of product, including comedy recordings of the Goons, pianist Mrs Mills, and teen idol Adam Faith.

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

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With Gentle Giant
<i>Gentle Giant</i> (album) 1970 studio album by Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant is the first album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1970.

<i>Acquiring the Taste</i> 1971 studio album by Gentle Giant

Acquiring the Taste is the second album of English progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1971. It was the final album by the band to feature original drummer Martin Smith.

<i>Three Friends</i> 1972 studio album by Gentle Giant

Three Friends (1972) is the third album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. It was the band's first release to chart in America, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200. It is the only album by Gentle Giant to feature drummer Malcolm Mortimore following the departure of Martin Smith.

UK singles

With Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
With Gentle Giant

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References

  1. 1 2 Elder, Bruce. "Biography: Gentle Giant". Allmusic . Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  2. 1 2 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 173. ISBN   1-904994-10-5