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"Nobody knows anything"

Chris Dillow

Chris Dillow

Obituaries of Ben E. King retell the story of how his great song Stand By Me was rejected by the Drifters’ manager, George Treadwell: “we don’t need it.” Mr Treadwell was not unique in his misjudgement. Decca Records rejected the Beatles, saying that “guitar music is on the way out”; Jim Denny, a boss at the Grand Ole Opry told Elvis Presley to go back to truck driving; and Lady Gaga was dropped by Def Jam records after just three months.

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