Norman spent many years in the music business in the late 60's/early 70's. He originally managed a local blues group - The Levi Set - whose singer/guitarist Jeremy Spencer went on to become an integral part of the first Fleetwood Mac line-up. Running his own blues club and agency in Lichfield, Norman got to know many of the leading lights in the progressive boom of the early Seventies, and spent many happy hours going up and down motorways in the back of Black Sabbaths van. Norman then joined ex-Sabs manager Jim Simpson locating and touring US Bluesmen throughout the UK and Europe, handling, amongst others, Champion Jack Dupree, Lightning Slim and Homesick James. When Sabbath made it big, Norman opened TRAMP, later becoming IMA, an agency in Birmingham with his great friend Tony Iommi and Ric Lee of Ten Years After, handling - amongst others- Judas Priest, who the company managed for a while. When Sabbath became mainly US-based, Norman re-joined Jim Simpson who was then promoting the Birmingham International Jazz Festival, working with the likes of Buddy Rich and the Count Basie Orchestra. A last spell in the Agency business saw Norman running IMA in Birmingham, and tracks from some of his bands can be found on the THREE-HEADED DOG cd, available HERE
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