London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) April 07, 2011
http://www.protectyourideas.com the new online utility for people to protect their ideas, announced today that it had secured a rare interview with Ray Williams, the man who famously introduced Elton John to Bernie Taupin over 40 years ago and became Elton’s first manager, but who infamously received nothing for his pains.
John Woollcombe, founder and CEO of http://www.ProtectYourIdeas.com commented; “We are delighted Ray has agreed to do this exclusive interview for our website. Ray has an amazing tale to tell, which highlights the problem many young people with great ideas face – they’re inexperienced and lack the know-how to protect themselves.”
Woollcombe added: “Elton and Bernie’s song-writing partnership is so etched on the last 44 years of pop repertoire it feels like a historical inevitability, but it’s very unlikely they’d have met if Ray hadn’t put an ad in NME and out of the many respondents decided to put them together. He recognised their talent, had a great idea, put it in motion and, in doing so, fulfilled the classic music publisher role initiating a creative partnership that would produce some of the most successful and valuable copyrights. But he didn’t protect himself first.”
It was 1967 and Ray was 20 years old. He wanted to sign Elton as a recording artist, but his bosses at Liberty Records didn’t like Elton’s voice. At Elton’s request Ray became his personal manager. He signed a co-management deal with Dick James entitling him to half the management commission.
In 1970, after the Troubadour gigs that Ray set up for Elton, Dick James unceremoniously terminated Ray’s contract. With no money for lawyers and a new baby girl to look after, Ray had no option, but to accept a pittance for his role in launching both Elton John’s song-writing partnership with Bernie Taupin and his recording career. He’s not received compensation since.
Woollcombe concluded: “The interview with Ray is the first in a series we’re hoping to film with people who’ve had similar experiences. They may have had an idea for a new business, an invention or created something which has turned out to be valuable and, for whatever reason they’ve never made money from it. Whether recent or going back several years like Ray, they are people seeking resolution and closure. We’re hoping to help and at the same time produce compelling, informative content that our visitors and members will find both interesting and helpful.”
The video of the interview with Ray Williams can be viewed at: