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Barton Delisle really began over forty years ago at Granada TV studios in Manchester.

In 1971, Chris Pye and Paul McDowell met up while working on a television sketch show that Chris was producing. Paul had previously been a writer on "The Two Ronnies" and "The Frost Report" and before that had been the singer in the successful pastiche 1920's jazz band, "The Temperance Seven".

Chris, Paul and Chris' friend Jules Burns got together in early 1972 and started to write songs together. A few months later they recorded an album at Indigo Studios in Manchester. The band and the album were both called "Guggenheim". It was not a big seller!

Following this they went their separate ways. Paul became a successful actor in TV series like "Porridge" and eventually a Tai Chi instructor.

Jules joined Chris at Granada where he eventually became the MD of Operations of The Granada Group and, later, the co-founder and COO of All3Media.

At Granada, Chris produced "So It Goes", hosted by Tony Wilson, which gave "The Sex Pistols" their first live performance on television. When he left Granada he became a TV writer and producer in Los Angeles. He came back to the UK in the 90s as Head of Entertainment for the BBC.

Over the years, Jules and Chris stayed in touch and then in 2012 Jules came across the original master tapes of a second unfinished "Guggenheim" album and they began to rearrange and rewrite some of the old material. This quickly led to new songs.

In 2015, they recorded a CD called "Last Year's Dreams" at Sonica Studios, along with a number of prominent session musicians, produced by Pete Baikie and Richard Allen. This was followed in early 2018 by Volume 2, a more intimate CD performed by Chris and Jules together at their home studio . Chris passed away in the summer of 2018 and a final double CD was finished by Jules in late 2018, called "Volume 3 - The Final Sessions" bringing together all their remaining material.
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