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PERCY PHILLIPS: THE KENSINGTON YEARS  - The Audiophile Man
It was 60 years ago that The Beatles made their first ever recording as The Quarrymen and they did it in a terraced house run by the incredible ‘backstreet engineer’, Percy Phillips. Paul Rigby talks to his grandson Peter Phillips about Percy’s life and times and the special event occurring this Sunday, 26 August 2018 He was a one man industry, fascinated by technology and its advancements. He started The Beatles on their recording career and could have easily have been Liverpool’s equivalent of Sun Studios. Percy Phillips worked from a cramped terraced house, situated just outside the heart of Liverpool’s city centre while Sam Phillips began Memphis Recording Service, in an eighteen by thirty foot room at 706 Union Avenue. Sun Records developed and ended up spawning stars such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Kensington Records (a fully paid up member of The Association of Professional Recording Studios, no less) didn’t develop at all in size and stature but began life by being the first studio ever to record The Beatles, Billy Fury, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Johnnie ‘Guitar’ Watson and…Ken Dodd (how very Liverpool to throw in a spanner, as a laugh). …