Jacob's Ladder: People...You Are The Reason I Am...
Edward ‘Ted' Perry died of lung cancer on Sunday 9th February , 2003. Ted founded the Hyperion record label in 1980 and, at the time, continued to run it whilst taking on several other jobs including driving minicabs. Ted was inspired after hearing music by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen and Hyperion's most acclaimed recording ‘A Feather On The Breath Of God' was born, To date it has sold more than 330,000 copies since its release in 1982.
Ted's childhood passion for classical music developed as a buyer for EMG Handmade Gramophones in Soho Square, London. He went on to run Meridian Records in partnership with engineer John Shuttleworth. During this time Ted acquired a vast knowledge of past classical recordings and developed a total recall of catalogue numbers, labels and artists, which he was happy to share with anyone who enjoyed his passion. His friends and colleagues all say that he was a “unique” man who was always prepared to follow his gut reaction.
Ted was a true gentleman whose down-to-earth manner, honesty & integrity helped him shine above others. He will be sorely missed by the record industry.
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