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"George and Andrew were one unit" Simon Naper-Bell 2022


Simon Napier-Bell is a British music manager, writer, and songwriter who has played a significant role in the music industry since the 1960s. Born on April 22, 1939, in London, England, Napier-Bell began his career in the music industry as a songwriter in the early 1960s. He co-wrote the hit song "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" for Dusty Springfield, a chart-topping hit in the UK and the US. In 1966, Napier-Bell became a manager and worked with several popular acts, including The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, and Japan. He is perhaps best known for managing the band Wham! in the 1980s, one of the biggest pop acts of the decade. Napier-Bell also managed George Michael's solo career after Wham! Disbanded. In addition to managing artists, Napier-Bell has written several books about the music industry, including "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", which details his experiences as a songwriter and manager. He has also written about his experiences in the music industry in his column for the British music magazine "Record Mirror." Napier-Bell is known for his unconventional approach to music management and has been credited with inventing the "girl group" concept with the band The Yardbirds and introducing the concept of "pink pop" with Wham! in the 1980s. Overall, Simon Napier-Bell's contributions to the music industry have been significant, and his unconventional approach to management has helped shape the industry in many ways.




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