The former Birmingham School of Music [BSM] student - known by many as the Musical Director for Take That and Jeff Lynne's ELO - was asked about subjects including his long career, TT's's use of "Mr. Blue Sky" with "Shine", his classical training, how he approached working with Jeff Lynne, his thoughts on the necessity for reading versus memorising music and who he would have also liked to work with - the answer being the late David Bowie and Peter Gabriel.
Mike told those assembled of his early ventures from the classical to progressive rock and beyond with stories of how he was signed to RCA Records thanks to a chance meeting with Leee John [later of Imagination] and how he also came to work with the likes of Dionne Warwick [at somewhat short notice], The Temptations, Bill Withers, Annie Lennox, Graham Gouldman/10cc and many other greats, not forgetting that Mike also performed with ELO Part II founding member Pete Haycock and his band back in the day too.
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Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 04-June-2016