Thanks for the reply andrej.andrej wrote:Personaly i don't think that Alan and Dave was the one person. In one of his posts, Alan said:I've been in correspondence with both. And i have sense they were different persons.asm wrote:I have posted the full Top M.Maker 50s gleaned from "Music Businness Weekly" to Lonnie recently! The Colindale Library had some missing from Feb/March 71. But with help from Disc and M.Echo's brief run of the Top 50s (13 March to 24 April 71) Lonnie has all but two of the MM Top 50s Sept 69 to May 71. I posted a Lot of MM Charts circa 1970 to 77 to Davetaylor. Maybe Dave can post them here!
Last time i wrote to Alan i received an answer: "Hello! I'm answering Alan's mail while he's ill. Unfortunately Alan will be indisposed for some time! Charlotte." It was in February 2013.
Last time i received a message from Dave was February 2014. Dave was an executive producer of Richard Todd's Retro Chart Countdown shows on Atlantic Oldies 2NG, but retired in the end of 2014. He was replaced by Mike Robinson, from whom i received a mail in May 2014, in which he noted "I'm now the fella in charge of Richard Todd's radio shows and the charts etc, since Dave Taylor retired back home to Australia to look after his old father and is not currently hooked up to internet access."
Fingers crossed that Alan is in better health these days.
Interesting news about Dave Taylor. I had heard a mention of him going to Australia at some point last year from a forum member at this board. Do you mean he retired as executive producer of the Retro Chart Countdown at the end of 2013 (and not 2014?). There is a poster at BuzzJack called MikeR who last summer (2014) started posting the same 1970s and 1980s end of year best sellers charts (some from Record Business) that Dave had posted here at ukmix. I sent a PM to this MikeR and asked if he was Mike Robinson but while he never confirmed he was he never denied he wasn't either. His posting style was exactly the same as Dave Taylor. He also started lurking and then posting at BuzzJack at the same time that Dave Taylor was said to have died and this happens to be the very same time that Alan also vanished from here (hence one of the reasons I was asking if Dave and Alan may have been the same person). I asked this MikeR about the charts he was posting and he said Dave Taylor had been posting his (MikeR's) old charts without his permission. He also said he and Dave had never met and all communication they ever had was via email. MikeR had previously posted at BuzzJack a few years earlier, had completely vanished and then suddenly reappeared when rumours were going around that Dave had died. When he previously had posted at BuzzJack I don't think Dave had yet signed up but there was another poster called trevs who posted again in the exact same style as Dave Taylor and therefore MikeR. When trevs vanished MikeR and then Dave Taylor both signed up. When other posters started contacting MikeR last year at BuzzJack by PM about Dave he promptly stopped posting again though he still lurks there - his profile shows he was last online yesterday. Added to that, over at Haven another poster called BrianHankin who - guess what, had a similar posting style to trevs and Dave Taylor and who claimed to know both - also vanished from the forum never to be seen again at the same time Dave and Alan disappeared from here (and when MikeR turned up once again at BuzzJack).
I still have the PM conversations I had with MikeR last year at Buzzjack, to be honest the PMs say a lot without saying a great deal (if that makes any sense!).
Basically I'm totally at a loss as to who is who, who was who and who knew who! That said, Alan's posts were nothing like Dave / trevs / Mike R / brianhankin (this is getting like a soap opera!) so I can only assume Alan's disappearance from here at the same time other posters disappeared from ukmix, Haven and BuzzJack was an unfortunate coincidence. It's just strange how all of them were said to have a severe health problem which contributed to them stopping posting at their respective boards.