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Funny how the past can suddenly leap up.  In case you didn't know Joe Meek was the UK's first effective independent record producer.  (It is held at NaTCH that "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz was probably his best record.)  On the 3rd February 1967 he shot his landlady dead and then himself.

This article by John Repsch pinched from Studio Sound describes the shortcomings of Cliff Cooper in the matter of Joe Meek's tapes.  (Though to give Cliff Cooper his due £400 was a lot more money in 1967/8.)  The past leaping up?  In a previous life Cliff Cooper managed a band called Crazy Mabel.  (Anyone remember them?)  Link to larger picThe guitarist of Crazy Mabel was his Lordship's best man.  What's more Mr Cooper also  had dealings with a band containing the bass player Mick Philips, a one time fiancé of NaTCH's sister.
Update: Feb 03 - The company that bears Joe Meek's name has been "absorbed".
Update: Jan 03 - It would seem a reasonable assumption that Cliff Cooper is something to do with the Cooper Owen Auction House offering Orange amps and, at several hundred pounds, reproduction John Lennon sunglasses.