He was the music facts man for the Guinness Book of World Records for a record 14 years, and the Chief Consultant and Contributor to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums for their last eight years. He then held that same role for the Virgin Book of Hit British Singles and Albums and the Virgin Book of Top 40 charts . In addition, since 1988 he has written or co-written more than four dozen music research books (see some below), and compiled /written sleeves notes for about 1500 albums. He also published his own book series' Hit Singles and Hit Albums for Carlton (which have sold over 100,000 copies). He currently is the OCC (Oldies Chart Consultant) for the OCC (Official Charts Company), and recently helped put together the book British Hit Singles - The Missing Charts (1940-1952).Prior to that he spent 25 years in the record business (including A&R with Pye, RCA & DJM and MD of 20th Century) and was closely associated with over 60 UK chart entries.
In addition, he is credited with organising the first ever 'official' pop music quiz It took place on 25th July 1977 at the Oxford Street office of his company, Wanted Records, with that record label's team narrowly beating music trade magazine Record Business, whose team included fellow future music book writers Barry Lazell, Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton.
These are some of his earlier books.