Emile Ford is first a sound scientist and secondly he is a number one
hitmaker. He has lived his life creating the best sound in the world and
he has been involved with some of the biggest names in the business.
Vince met up with Emile Ford on Wednesday 8th July when Emile
explained that he has been creating his wonderful sound for such great
stars as Michael Jackson, Abba, Bruce Sprinsteen, Dionne Warwick,
Aretha Franklin and the artistes who competed in the Eurovision Song
Contest 2009. His destiny has been to create his wonderful sound. The
podcast is an insight into his wonderful life. You can contact Emile using
the links to the left.
Emile's Management Details :
Emile and his
mother married again so Dave and George Sweetnam are Emile's half brothers.
Emile Ford born Michael Emile Telford Miller 1937 Castries St Lucia.
Educated at St Mary's College, St Lucia. Attended Paddington Technical College,
Father - Frederick Edward Miller a parliamentarian of distinction holding the
Ministerial Portfolios of Health and Social Services (Barbados)
Mother- Madge Murray of St Lucia - a Concert Soprano well known throughout
Occupation - Sound Scientist, Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Instruments played - Guitar, Drums, Keyboard
Born into a family of serious musicians - his grandfather an Orchestral Conductor,
his grand uncle a Concert Violinist, his mother a Concert Soprano and he himself
along with his siblings were all students of the violin.
In 1959 The Checkmates - Emile Ford, George Sweetnam (Emile's brother) Ken
Street and John Cuffley won the Soho Fair competition which enabled Emilewith
the Checkmates to self produce their first 7" record "What Do You Want To Make
Those Eyes At Me For" which became a No.1 hit It stayed at No.1 for six weeks
and was the UK Christmas single of 1959. The single made the Checkmates
Great Britain's first million selling artists - selling 1 million copies in Great Britain
alone. The record also went to No.1 in Australia. I believe they were the first
unsigned band to have a hit record in Great Britain.
Later the band expanded to include Les Hart, George Sweetnam, Alan Hawkshaw
and Pete Carter with the Fordettes - the band's backing singers.
Emile Ford TV History
1958 The Music Shop Rainbow Room - interview with Meg Richardson Anglia TV -
Emile & George (with brother George later fellow Checkmate)
1958 "Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson Show" - as Emile & George
1958 Nov 1958 Jack Good's "Oh Boy" show - Solo
1958 Dec 1958 6.5 Special Hosts: Pete Murray Jo Douglas Freddie Mills Jim Dale
- appeared as Emile & George
1959 Sunday Serenade - Emile/Checkmates guested for six weeks
1960 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at The London Palladium - Emile
Ford/Checkmates appearing in 3 different shows in 1960
1960 Saturday Spectacular - The Emile Ford Show/Checkmates - guests included
Paul Robeson and Morecambe and Wise
1961 Saturday 18th Nov - Thank Your Lucky Stars Host: Brian Matthews - Billy
Fury, Emile Ford/Checkmates, Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen,Alan
Fielding, Johnny Crawford, The Kaye Sisters, guest DJ Sam Costa
1962 Receiving an award on "The Cats Whiskers" TV Show
Emile only recorded one show for "Thank Your Lucky Stars" He was often mixed
up with Clinton Ford