British-born music historian Alan Warner has been
in the music industry his entire working life,
first with EMI Records beginning in 1961.
He later became label manager for United Artists Records
in their London office before transferring to the label’s Los Angeles
headquarters in 1976.
Drawing on his love of vintage movies, he produced
a series of successful soundtrack records for UA including
“The Golden Age Of The Hollywood Musical” containing previously
unissued tracks from Warner Bros’ Busby Berkeley
musicals of the 1930’s.
He also issued a single of “The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine”
as sung in a 1937 Hal Roach filmby Laurel & Hardy and it reached #2
on the British charts in December ‘75.
Warner went independent in ‘79 and began consulting for
United Artists Music Publishing in Hollywood.
He then created an entirely novel way of promoting
vintage song copyrights to record producers, music supervisors
and ad agencies via Discography Trade Books which he wrote and compiled
for EMI, Warner/Chappell, MCA and Peer Music.
Warner was also creative consultant for EMI, Warner/Chappell
and Sony/ATV during which time he recorded interviews with
such writers and artists as Curtis Mayfield, James Brown,
Kenny Gamble & Léon Huff, Gerry Goffin, Lamont Dozier,
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Neil Sedaka, Allen Toussaint,
Dave Bartholomew, Margaret Whiting and Charles Brown;
these interviews were used as promotional tools
and were distributed worldwide.
Over the years, Warner produced hundreds of commercial
compilation albums including a ‘Rock Of Ages’ series
for Capitol Records plus ‘The Sue Records Story’ box-set
and the ‘Crescent City Soul’ 4-CD set both for EMI.
Warner has always believed in documenting musical history
and wrote three commercial books namely “Celluloid Rock”
(co-authored with the BBC’s Philip Jenkinson) plus
“Who Sang What On The Screen” and “Who Sang What In Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
Now retired and living with his wife Pat
in their Hollywood Hills home,
Warner began “The Door To Yesterday” website
on which he continues to write about music and motion pictures.