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John Cokell

Industry veteran John Cokell died 4th May 2006
The music industry lost one of its giants last week when former label boss, John Cokell passed away after a short illness.

Cokell, 62, was the eldest of the quartet of Cokell brothers, all who have worked in the music business over the last four decades.

In the early ‘60’s, as a 19 year old, he joined Decca’s A&R department where he worked with Rolling Stone manager Andrew Loog Oldham amongst others.  He later joined CBS Records where Cokell discovered and signed the Love Affair.  As the band took more & more of his time he soon became their manager and left the label for a few years whilst steering their careers.  Cokell joined DJM in the early seventies, just as Elton John’s career was taking off and then moved onto A&M to run the label with Derek Green. It was here that Cokell helping the careers of acts such as The Police.

Before retiring from the business and moving to Cornwall, in 1997, he fit in another two jobs - as MCA director of sales and marketing and boss of Chrysalis’ The Hit Label.

His brother Sanctuary Records CEO, Joe Cokell says, “it was amazing how long and varied a career John had.  He was the first to get a job in the industry and was instrumental in getting all of us involved.”

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