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Edward FOWLER  ("Chick")1902 - 1993

aka E. Fowler, Chick Fowler, C. Fowler
birth 5 Jan 1902, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
death 7 July 1993, Eastbourne, Sussex, ENGLAND
marriage married in Oct 1927, Eton, Buckinghamshire, UK:

b. 5 Nov 1903, Langley, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
d. 13 July 1988, ...........

  • Edward David

    b. 24 Jan 1929, Slough, Buckinghamshire, UK
    d. 7 Oct 1983, Paris, France

  • ? Michael

    b. .................

  • ? ...............


father Edward FOWLER occupation: Mechanical Engineer; Electrician

b. 4 Oct 1867, Islington, Middlesex, ENGLAND
d. 2 Oct 1938, Kilburn, Middlesex, ENGLAND

mother (1) Emily Louisa TIGHT

b. .... 1867, ........
d. .... 1929, ..........

  • Edward Whitworth

    b. 16 Dec 1890, Islington, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. 22 Oct 1891, Islington, Middlesex, ENGLAND

mother (2) Charlotte TAYLOR

b. 25 Oct 1885, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
d. 12 Jan 1979, 7 Grove Place Slough, Berkshire, ENGLAND

marriage they got married in .... 1902, ........, ENGLAND
  • Edward

    b. 5 Jan 1902, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
    d. 7 July 1993, Eastbourne, Sussex, ENGLAND

  • Henry

    b. 20 Feb 1904, Slough, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
    d. .. May 1991, Slough, Berkshire, ENGLAND

  • Leonard

    b. 6 Jan 1907, Brixton, Surrey, ENGLAND
    d. 18 May 1971, Kingsbridge, Devon, ENGLAND

  • Charlotte Louisa A.

    b. 3 Nov 1909, St Pancras, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. .. Jul 1967, Eton, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND

  • Margaret

    b. 17 Apr 1910, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. .... 1999, Slough, Berkshire, ENGLAND


joined GramCo on 19 Aug 1924

recorder's prefixes: BF(R)/CF(R) (25cm/30cm)

first resident engineer in Milan (see: Paul Vernon’s “The Engineers”)

residence in 1932: "Yendo", Langley Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire.

Residence in 1939: 125 Langley Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Edward Fowler Tool Maker Scientific Instrument Assembly
Kathleen Fowler Supply Teacher Elementary
3 more family members but not available

Edward FOWLER Recording Engineer
Dep.: 4 July 1943, Glasgow
Fowler's destination: Istanbul (ship's itinerary: Istanbul, Egypt, Lagos, Nigeria, West Coast of Africa)
Arr.: .. July 1943, Istanbul

From 1943-1946 Manager of Gramofon Türk Limitet Sirketi in Turkey

In March 1954 he was Production Manager

Edward "Chick" Fowler, recording engineer and past manager of EMI Studios, Abbey Road, has died at the age of 91. A full obituary will follow next month (in: The Gramophone of Oct 1993, p. 156)


  • article on Edward Fowler in Audio Biographies. Idle [Yorkshire], Wharfedale Wireless Works, 1961
  • A look at the engineers who made history travelling the world recording its music by Paul Vernon (online article)
    Originally published in: Vintage Jazz Mart No. 94, 1994. Copyright belongs to the author. Electronic edition by Lars Fredriksson, April 17, 1997
  • Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out by Gordon Thompson (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Turn-table Talk. Management Changes at E.M.I. (in: The Gramophone of Feb 1956, p. 57) (online GRAMOPHONE ARCHIVE)
  • Obituary Edward Fowler (in: The Gramophone of Oct 1993, p. 156) (online GRAMOPHONE ARCHIVE)
  • The Objective Basis for the Production of High Quality Transfers from Pre-1925 Sound Recordings by George Brock-Nannestadt (AES Convention:103 (September 1997) Paper Number:4610)
  • Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World by Alistair Lawrence. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2012.
  • The Beatles Tune In by Mark Lewisohn. Extended Special Edition: Volume One. Little Brown Book Group, London 2013.



From left to right:
George W. Deakin, Edward "Chick" Fowler and Giulleti (first name?),
May 1931
Recording equipment of Edward Fowler and George Deakin (assistant).
Turnhalle Ämtlerhaus, Zürich-Wiedikon (25 April-10 May 1930)
The recordings were made in Fowler's matrix series (BF 3161-3255)


Paul Cleary
George Brock-Nannestad
Maria Kapkidi (co-researcher RP)
Brian Fowler