'Hertfordshire Mercury' News Article About Henry Hadaway

Wormley musical mogul made MBE

A MUSIC impresario, publisher and producer from Wormley has been honoured by the Queen for his four decades of service to the industry.

Henry Hadaway's career in the music business began in 1969 as an agent and promoter working with the Four Tops and Edwin Starr, and youngsters David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

Now 71, Henry, who lives in Church Lane, is still going strong as head of one of the UK 's longest established independent music companies, the Henry Hadaway Organisation (HHO).

This week it was announced he had been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list.

"I felt elated. It's fantastic to be recognised by your country," he said.

However, he conceded: "It was annoying because I found out five weeks ago but it is confidential so you can't tell anyone, my kids, the office, or friends!

"I look forward to meeting the Queen. I'm a royalist although when I was a kid I thought I wasn't."

It will not be Henry's first brush with royalty, he was presented with an award by Princess Maragaret for producing novelty hit The Birdy Song in the early 1980s.

"It's the biggest record I've had, musicians don't look at it as a high work but looking back it made a lot of people happy," he told the Mercury.

"I'm still hands-on producing music and products for TV and feature films."

Dealing in video and audio back-catalogues, HHO recently scored a hit with feature-length documentary The Peter Green Story: Man of the World, about the former Fleetwood Mac frontman shown on the BBC.

The MBE signals the end of a tough time for Henry, who has faced health and legal battles.

He said: "I have had some problems with my health in the past two years, fighting with my eyesight and have felt down a bit."

In March, HHO lost a legal contest over the rights to an early Rod Stewart recording, resulting in a legal bill of £47,000

"In our business it's very common, lots of people debate the rights of products, especially ones from back-catalogues," Henry said.

Of the MBE, he said: "It's like the icing on the cake."