Mickie Most with his wife Christina
Spoils of success: Mickie Most, who died aged 64 from cancer in 2003, with his wife Christina at their palatial home in North London

Mickie Most, one of the most successful British producers ever has died of cancer aged 64.

Born Michael Peter Hayes in Aldershot, Hampshire, in 1938, he worked in South Africa from 1959 to 1963, notching up 11 consecutive Number One hits as the frontman of successful covers group, The Playboys.

He returned to the UK, establishing himself as a producer after his success with R&B act The Animals, whose ‘The House Of The Rising Sun‘ he claimed to have recorded in just 15 minutes.

His run of seven hit singles with the group meant he became much in demand, working with Herman’s Hermits on the UK and US Number One ‘Something Good‘. There was further chart success with Lulu, Donovan and Jeff Beck.

After 1969, he concentrated on the running of RAK records, the glam rock home to Mud, Suzi Quatro, Kim Wilde and disco-funkers Hot Chocolate. Throughout the ’70s he was a fixture on TV talent show New Faces, as well as presenting short-live punk show Revolver.

He also established the famous RAK studios in 1976, where, in later years, Blur, Radiohead, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, the Manics and The Libertines would all record.

By the early-’80s Mickie Most had all but left the business, selling the RAK back catalogue to EMI in 1983, only to revive it with less success in 1988. In mattered little: Mickie Most was declared to be worth £50million, with a car collection worth over £1million and house valued at £4million. The house and cars were minor concessions to the rock’n’roll lifestyle, however. Famously abstemious where drugs were concerned, Mickie Most was also happily married for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and son Calvin, formerly of ’80s pop band Johnny Hates Jazz.

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