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Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mick Jagger have all been household names for more than half a century. The passage of time has not dimmed their legendary status since the days when they were all being photographed backstage in Birmingham by trumpet player turned record company founder Jim Simpson.

There’s also The Move, The Moody Blues and The Spencer Davis Group from Birmingham – not forgetting the very first picture of Black Sabbath, the band which Jim managed on their way to the top of the charts with their first album. Back in the 1960s, access to ‘talent’ was more relaxed than it is today and Jim was on the spot to capture the stars. – Graham Young, writing for The Birmingham Post

 

 

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