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GUEST,Hootenanny Dirty Old Town - pop single 1959! (27) RE: Dirty Old Town - pop single 1959! 12 Dec 19

Re the Israeli duo Esther and Abi Ofarim. As far as I am aware they were unknown in this country until one of the commercial television companies over here wanted them for one of their Hootenanny programmes. I received a telephone call from their agent/manager in Switzerland asking if we could handle things for them in England and we agreed. They went on to be very succesful.
Regarding Rod Stewart I only knew him briefly at the time when my friend and colleague George Webb put him together with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger to form The Steampacket. Long John was represented by our agency and had been since the early days of the folk scare. He was a regular too at the Ballads & Blues Club. I don't know if Rod went to folk clubs but he would certainly been aware of what was going on there particularly as he was a great friend of Long John. My wife recently saw a television programme where Rod apparently put down much of his success to John.
Both Long John and Julie Driscoll went on to success in the pop charts
and Rod seems to have done alright too.

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