Welcome to The World of Kevin Daly
Kevin Daly (1942-1989) is one of the unsung talents of the record industry. As a top recording engineer for Decca in the 1960s, then General Manager and head producer for Argo during the 1970s, he helped create some of the most distinctive albums of the time, and nurtured and helped grow the careers of many notable artists. He was a founder of the ASV record company, and created its prestigious Living Era reissue label. Kevin worked with many notable and wide-ranging artists: Bing Crosby, Stanley Holloway, Arthur Askey, Jacques Louissier, Sir Michael Tippett, The Yetties, P.G. Wodehouse, Ewan MacColl, Leopold Stokowski… his complete recording credits show he worked with an extraordinary range of diverse talents.
He was also a writer and broadcaster, a graphic artist and painter, a record collector and expert on 78rpm recordings and reissues, and one of the founders of the George Formby Society.
This site will also cover Kevin’s extensive folk music productions from the 1970s, his jazz and spoken word records, and his love and unparalleled knowledge of George Formby and Music Hall. And of course the many unique, talented individuals who circled Kevin’s professional career, and who were central to his personal life as friends, such as film and record producer Deben Bhattacharya, Oscar® winning sound recordist and steam-train enthusiast Peter Handford and jazz pianist and bandleader Keith Nichols.
It is hoped that this site will be a ‘stopping off point’ for those of you with shared interests – and become a friendly resting place for those trudging along the virtual way.