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Arthur Douglas LAWRENCE  1905 - 1996   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Arthur Douglas LAWRENCE  1905 - 1996

aka Arthur D. Lawrence, A. D. Lawrence, Arthur Lawrence, A. Lawrence
nationality
occupation
birth 29 March (BMD: Apr.May/June) 1905, Greenwich, Greater London, Kent, UK)..............
baptism
death .. June 1996, Berlin, GERMANY (at age 91)
burial
marriage married in .... 1937, ..........., to:
Lilian COLLINGS

b. .... 1907, ...........
d. .... 1956, ................

children
  • Vernon

    b. 1940
    LIVING

marriage Remarried in 1960 to:
Edith STEIN

b. ............
d. .................


PARENTS

father Arthur LAWRENCE

b. .....................
d. ........................

mother ........ ...............

b. ...............
d. .................

children
  • Arthur Douglas

    b. 29 March 1905, Greenwich, Greater London, Kent, UK
    d. .. June 1996, Berlin, GERMANY



LIFE


Joined HMV Recording Staff as a youth at 17 (= ca. 1921/1922)
recorder (BW/CW) from 1926 - 1930 and probably in other series afterwards.
In 1930 resident in Vienna (to return to Hayes first)
to replace Beckett in Berlin in 1931
Recorded Kostis (=Bezos) in 1931 Athens.
Was awarded the “Star of Rumania” (when?).
left the company as per 22 July 1935 (on leave from Milan)
residence in 1935: 148, Church Road, Bexley Heath, Kent, UK

Appointed by BBC on 14 April 1936 as Producers’ Assistant, Variety.
During the war years (1939-1945 he worked in the BBC Variety Department and produced the “Glenn Miller Band” and “Higang”.
He also put the new “Ted Heath Band” on air.
Resigned on 8 April 1966 as Assistant Head of Gramophone Programmes.
Worked for the BBC and retired from BBC ca. 1966.
Worked for Decca for a number of years (?), then moved from Surrey to Germany

Lived in Berlin (Germany) from 1975 to his death in 1996.
(source: letter A. D. Lawrence to Leonard Petts (EMI), dd. 3 Dec 1978; Lawrence was then 74 years old)
Address in Germany:
Douglas Lawrence
Senftenberger Ring 24
1000 Berlin 26
(0)30 - 402 8386

Obituary in BBC Staff magazine ‘ARIEL’ of 12 Nov 1996 by his son Vernon LAWRENCE


NOTES

  • Obituary by his son Vernon LAWRENCE (in: BBC Staff magazine ‘ARIEL’ of 12 Nov 1996)


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PHOTOS



THANK YOU


EMI Music Archives
Ruth Edge
Vernon Lawrence
Heather Clark
Trish Hayes