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Ray Coleman

A British author and former Editor-in-chief of Melody Maker known for biographies of The Beatles. Besides Melody Maker, Coleman was a participant with music magazines including Disc, Black Music, and Musicians Only, and a contributor to magazines such as Billboard.

An author or co-author of ten books, Coleman was near the completion of a Phil Collins biography at the time of his death. The book was completed and published in 1997.

He was the first journalist to be awarded a Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for services to British music.

Coleman wrote or co-wrote the biographies of at least a dozen famous musicians. They include the following.

Lennon, The Definitive Biography
McCartney, Yesterday and Today
The Carpenters: The Untold Story
Clapton, The Authorised Biography of Eric Clapton
Frank Sinatra, A Celebration
Stone Alone , The Definitive Story of the Rolling Stones (co-written with Bill Wyman)
Brian Epstein, The Man Who Made The Beatles
Rod Stewart, The Biography
Gary Numan, The Authorised Biography
I'll Never Walk Alone (co-written with Gerry Marsden)
Phil Collins, The Definitive Biography

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