As the summer holidays draw to a close following Paul Purcell’s sunny selections, John Sullivan, Partner and Director of GB Media Corporation, brings music alive again with showstopping Las Vegas crooners, muddy Mancunians at Glastonbury and 50,000 Liverpool fans at home!
With a showman’s family background and decades of experience working across the amusements and gaming sectors, it’s fair to say the industry runs in John’s blood.
As co-founder and a Director of GB Media, John has helped build the company to become the most active b2b publisher in the gaming space responsible for Coinslot – the world’s only weekly print and digital amusements industry publication – International Casino Review and iGaming Times as well as a host of specialist business titles, company newsletters and stakeholder magazines.
First song you remember hearing?
Magic Moments by Perry Como. This song always reminds me of my dad, he would sing it walking around the family home and for some reason thought it was funny!
Song that reminds you of your teenage years?
Babylon’s Burning by The Ruts. I love Punk Rock. I used to pogo dance
to this track under strobe lights at a punk disco in Preston and come home full of bruises from all the kicks I received.
First single ever bought?
Rod Stewart’s Sailing. You can’t beat a bit of Rod! I’ve seen him three times in concert the last time was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with Kate Chambers now Managing Director of Clarion Gaming.
First album ever bought?
The Adventures Of The Hersham Boys by Sham 69. I asked my aunt to get it me as a Christmas present and it came as a double LP with bonus 12” single of Borstal Breakout and If The Kids Are United. Brilliant stuff and I still have it today.
Song you sing to in the shower?
The Beatles A Day In The Life. I love the city of Liverpool – the people, the football team and The Beatles.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
Any song by Neil Diamond. I’ve seen him twice in concert, bizarrely once at Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool Football Club.
Song you can no longer stand?
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. I loved Monty Python’s Life of Brian but the Manchester United faithful killed this song.
Song that makes you want to get up and dance?
My wife Ann and I have cleared many a dance floor strutting our stuff to Northern Soul and Motown classics. Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles is an all- time favourite.
Song you want played at your funeral?
You’ll Never Walk Alone sung by the Anfield Kop! It doesn’t get any better than hearing 50,000 Liverpool fans singing this in the moments before kick off at their home stadium.
Last song you heard before this moment?
Gerry Cinnamon’s Sometimes – what a tune! I listen to Radio X everyday, it’s a great radio station to hear music from up and coming bands.
First song you played on a jukebox?
Blue Monday by New Order. It was the start of the Manchester scene, Factory Records and The Hacienda. I saw New Order headline at Glastonbury Festival in 1987, they didn’t disappoint!
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