Staying in the driving guitar lead set by Jo Waterland previously, this week sees Paul Valente, Managing Director at Quality Amusements, proving his aim is true with a solid selection of rock classics. Combining his Italian heritage with a love of Elvis Costello, Paul pumps it up with riffs ranging from Sabbath to Sinatra and beyond…
Paul’s story begins at his father’s machine operation, Tankerton Automatics, where he started working straight from school in 1974, mending handle boxes and one-arm bandit machines. As the company moved into the electric age, he progressed through collections to co-ordinator and amongst his varied duties Paul was also responsible for record and CD purchases. Following his appointment to Account Manager in 1980, Paul now runs Quality Amusements with his brother Peter and nephew Anthony, bringing their shared wealth of experience and strong family values to the industry.
First song you remember hearing?
Twist & Shout by The Beatles. My family had a traditional Italian ice cream parlour with a jukebox at the back where all the scooter lads would hang out, well until they got chucked out for not buying anything.
Song from your teenage years?
Black Sabbath’s Paranoid pretty much sums up my formative years and I can’t believe I was lucky enough to see them perform it live on a couple of occasions.
First single ever bought?
I remember listening to Jeepster by T.Rex in the school common room and banging the snooker cue on the floor to the beat just to summon the Headmaster up!
First album ever bought?
Another T.Rex one with the album Electric Warrior. My parents used to listen to The Platters or Dean Martin on long drives to Italy so I couldn’t believe my luck when mum bought an 8-track of this album at a petrol station during a family holiday. I think dad new the words to every song by the time we arrived at my grandfather’s in Caprile!
Song you sing to in the shower?
I sing anything I can remember the words to, but normally it’s a 60s classic or one of the crooners as they are typically more melodic.
Last song you heard before now?
The Devil’s Bleeding Crown which is a heavy metal song by the Danish band,Volbeat. Song that makes you want to dance? Show Me Love by Robin S. I’m not usually a lover of this type of music but I just can’t help myself when this is played.
Song you can no longer stand?
Too many to mention but I’d have to include Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, Rod Stewart’s Sailing and Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
I can’t decide on just one track so will simply choose absolutely anything from Elvis Costello’s early years. He’s my hero and those songs truly are a pleasure!
Song you want played at your funeral?
It would be easy to pick something obvious like Light My Fire. However, I would like The Other End Of The Telescope by Elvis Costello, either sung by him or the excellent cover by ‘Til Tuesday.
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
Well having lived and breathed the industry for pretty much my entire life, I’ve never actually had to pay for a song on a jukebox because I’ve always had the keys, LOL!
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