Paul Rich

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Paul Rich (20 August 1921 – 23 February 2000)[1] was a singer and guitarist, recording many songs with Lou Preager's band. He later became a music publisher.


Rich was born in London in 1921, son of immigrants from Russia. He studied guitar with Ivor Mairants, and in 1941 became a singer and guitarist with the Oscar Rabin Band. In 1942 he joined Lou Preager, whose band had begun a residency at the Hammersmith Palais in London; he made many recordings with the band, including "Cruising Down the River" in 1946. He also sang and played guitar as a solo artist at venues in the West End of London.[1][2]

In the 1950s he appeared in a pub scene in the film Pool of London, which had music by Lou Preager's band. He later appeared in a music hall scene in the film Counterspy.[1]

Rich left Lou Preager's band in 1955, to give more time to his business interests, having a chain of retail shops. From 1957 he recorded many songs for Woolworth's Embassy Records, until the record label closed in 1965.[1]

In the 1960s he became involved in music publishing, and in 1967 became general manager of Carlin Music.[2] For ten years between 1966 and 1976 the company received the UK's Top Publisher Award from Music Week. The company dealt with leading American songwriters and with leading British performers; it was a successful sub-publisher of notable US performers and catalogues. He retired in 1996.[1]

In 1952 at Bayswater Synagogue he married Marion White; they had a son, Clive, who became a barrister.[1][2] Paul Rich was a Freemason, initiated into Chelsea Lodge No. 3098 in January 1960; he was Worshipful Master in 1979 and 1999. He died in 2000, following a heart attack.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Paul Rich" Chelsea Lodge No. 3098. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Paul Rich at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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