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Funeral for pop producer Most
Lulu: "So much to be grateful to Most for"
Singers and musicians have paid their respects to pop producer Mickie Most, who died last week aged 64.

Famous names including Lulu, Donovan and Chrissie Hynde joined Most's wife Christina, daughters Nathalie and Crystalle and son Calvin for a funeral service at Golders Green crematorium in north London.

Legendary producer Most, real name Michael Peter Hayes, died from cancer at home in Totteridge, north London on 30 May.

Over almost 30 years in the business, he worked with some of the biggest pop acts in the 1960s and 70s, including Lulu, The Animals, Herman's Hermits and Suzi Quatro.

Mourners also included Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, singer Paul Young and singer turned gardener Kim Wilde - all artists Most had worked with.

Mickie Most
Mickie Most had more number one hits than any other producer
Hits produced by Most were played at the ceremony, including House of the Rising Sun by The Animals and I'm Into Something Good by Herman's Hermits.

Most's close friends and music associates Deke Arlon and Nicky Chinn gave moving tributes, as did several other of his close friends.

Speaking afterwards, Lulu called Most "a great producer, a great hit-maker and a great man".

"I had so many hits with Mickie I can't remember, I've such a lot to be grateful for. He was an absolute hit-maker, he didn't try to be over intelligent, that's why he had so many hits."

Noone said: "I was 15 when I first met him and started working with him, I liked him from the start and I liked him ever since.

Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro cut her holiday short to attend
"He was my best man, he was the godfather to my daughter, we'd been friends for 40 years."

Most's many number one records were, critics say, a result of his knack for finding the right singer for the right song. He was also the first UK producer to own the rights to his own records, which earned him millions after his career faded.

Quatro, 53 this week, cut short a holiday in Spain after hearing the news of his death.

"Mickie has been the biggest part of my life since I was 20 years old," Quatro said. "He took me from Detroit in 1971 and brought me over to England. He always had one eye on me, even when I got married.

"I really am very upset. It's come as a huge shock. He was like a father and a brother so I feel like I have lost a member of my family."

Paul Young attended the ceremony
Most was reported to be worth 50m and credited with producing more number one hits world-wide than any other record producer, through his RAK label and studio in London.

He will also be remembered by many for his put-downs and brutally honest assessments of new talent on the TV show New Faces.

His son Calvin was a member of 1980s pop band Johnny Hates Jazz.




SEE ALSO:
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