Ray Coleman

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Ray Coleman
Born (1937-06-15)15 June 1937
Died 10 September 1996(1996-09-10) (aged 59)
Nationality British
Occupation Author
Editor in chief, Melody Maker

Ray Coleman (15 June 1937 – 10 September 1996) was a British author and former editor-in-chief of Melody Maker known for his biographies of The Beatles. Besides Melody Maker, Coleman contributed to music magazines such as Disc, Black Music, and Musicians Only, and a contributor to magazines such as Billboard. An author or co-author of ten books, Coleman was near the completion of a Phil Collins biography at the time of his death. The book was completed and published in 1997.

He was the first journalist to be awarded a Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for services to British music.

Coleman as biographer[edit]

Coleman wrote or co-wrote the biographies of at least a dozen famous musicians. They include the following.



  • SouthCoastToday.com, an edition of The Standard Times, 26 September 1996. [1][dead link]
  • Muze, Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 1 July 2005. [2][dead link]

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