A&M RECORDS - Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss formed the label off the back of Herb's success with the Tijuana Brass, and Strawbs were the first UK signing of this US-based label, on which the undoubted classic Strawbs albums appeared. An eclectic mix of music appeared on A&M and the label has two sites devoted to it, with lots of memorabilia, label scans etc.
- largely concentrates on the 60s, easy listening output of A&M - there's a discussion forum which has some Strawbs content
On A&M Records
- a semi-commercial site with a wider coverage, but including some free Flash screenshows of A&M marketing material including Strawbs and Hudson Ford, as well as pictures of A&M staff !
A&M Discography - a US discography of A & M Records, part of the very detailed "Both Sides Now" discography site
UCLA A&M Collection - Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss donated their company papers to UCLA, who have an online xhibit - no Strawbs, but interesting nonetheless.
Interscope - the official "home page for Interscope, A & M, and Geffen Records"
MILLER ANDERSON - guitar legend Anderson has played with many many people, - Keef Hartley Band, Spencer Davis Group to name but two - he played on Cousins first solo album, and guested on late 70s Strawbs set Heartbreak Hill. As a member of the Blue Angel Orchestra, he's featured on Dave forthcoming second solo album - The Boy In The Sailor Suit.
THE BEE GEES - post Strawbs, Blue Weaver ended up in the Bee Gees round about the time of their greatest chart successes, playing on mega-hit albums Saturday Night Fever (even the 8-track cartridge version of this sold a million copies) and Spirits Having Flown amongst others.
DEREK BRIMSTONE - Well nown on the folk scene as a comedian and singer, Brimstone's biography "I'm Glad I Practised" includes some Strawbs-related material. He was support at the White Bear gig in August 2001: I ha\dn;t seen him perform for years - he warned me not to leave it for song as he might be dead!
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL - Strawberry Hill Boys played at the very first Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965; 1983 saw the band reform for the Festival that year after organiser Ken Woollard caught then on Rick Wakeman's Gastank TV show.
CECIL SHARP/EFDSS - Cecil Sharp House is the base of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in NW London (not far from where I work. Back in the 60s, Tony Hooper worked there for a while, and some truly excellent demos were recorded there by the Strawberry Hill Boys.
DECAMERON/JOHNNY COPPIN - Strawbs' contemporaries, in action from 1969 to 1973, the combination of Dave Bell's gruff voice and Coppin's mellower approach brings Cousins and Hooper to mind. Johnny Coppin carried on on the circuit, producing some fabulous material.