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Andrew Loog Oldham

Andrew Loog Oldham
Vancouver, BC, Canada
At the age of 19, Andrew Loog Oldham discovered the Rolling Stones and became their first manager and producer from 1963-1967. He had previously served as publicist for both The Beatles and Bob Dylan's first historic visit to the UK.

He later went on to form the influential recording label Immediate (Small Faces/Humble Pie/Rod Stewart), which was one of the first independent record labels in the UK. In the mid-60s, Oldham created a musical side project, "The Andrew Oldham Orchestra," and released The Rolling Stones Songbook in 1966. The recordings were made by Oldham using session musicians, including members of the Rolling Stones as well as Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and Humble Pie.

The Rolling Stones Songbook included an orchestral arrangement of "The Last Time" by the Rolling Stones, which was later famously rediscovered in the 1990s when The Verve sampled a string loop from the orchestral arrangement in their worldwide smash hit "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

Forty-seven years after the release of The Rolling Stones Songbook, The Andrew Oldham Orchestra & Friends returns with Plays The Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2 on March 26th, 2013. The recording began in 2011 when Oldham started producing fusion guitarist Gary Lucas (Gods & Monsters, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and Jeff Buckley collaborator) with a number of Colombian and Canadian musicians. He started recording instrumental versions of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards songs and the project naturally grew to include many old and new friends including Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Modest Mouse & The Cribs, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Vashti Bunyan, Al Kooper and many more. I

n addition to 12 interpretations of classic Rolling Stones favorites, Plays The Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2 also features the Andrew Oldham Orchestra's version of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" featuring Vashti Bunyan...bringing the two collections full circle.

Andrew Loog Oldham is currently the host of his own radio show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Found on Little Steven's influential Underground Garage channel). He has recently made headlines for the lost Rolling Stones documentary Charlie Is My Darling, of which he produced and was released late last year to worldwide acclaim as well as the final part of his triography Stoned Free in which he and other music figures recount his days as a manager, producer and impresario.