TONY FERGUSON
Producer, Executive Producer and Senior A&R Executive
Tony
 

As a British native, Tony Ferguson discovered music during the early 1960's listening to American blues, R&B and UK rock bands.

Listening to these records, he taught himself to play guitar and during the mid '60's left college to become a professional musician joining a local popular London band called TONY RIVERS AND THE CASTAWAYS who later became HARMONY GRASS and had a top 40 hit with "Move In A Little Closer". He then joined a band called CHRISTIE that had a worldwide # 1 hit called "Yellow River". That was followed with the band UNIT 4 PLUS 2 with the classic hit "Concrete and Clay".

During the 1970's he formed his own progressive rock band, CAPABILITY BROWN with further success.

Around the late '70's, he left the performing side of music and entered the business side working with a highly successful record label, STIFF RECORDS taking care of management and production with artists NICK LOWE, WRECKLESS ERIC, LENA LOVICH and many more during the "pub rock/punk" scene. This led to a permanent move to New York in 1980 opening up the STIFF offices with BRUCE KIRKLAND which, unfortunately closed after a year. Tony however stayed in New York doing production/management with JON SCHER Enterprises working THE LINCOLN CENTER, THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS, and RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL. He also worked with a number of bands such as AEROSMITH, HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and many more.

His next opportunity was working management with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD and STEVE WINWOOD.

During 1984 he joined the BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN organization tour managing LITTLE STEVEN VAN ZANDT and CLARENCE CLEMONS. Here he met record producer JIMMY IOVINE and moved to California to help refurbish A&M STUDIOS and managed LITTLE CAESAR and LONE JUSTICE with MARIA McKEE. After which Jimmy formed INTERSCOPE RECORDS, where Tony became VP of A&R discovering NO DOUBT, GWEN STEFANI, THE REVEREND HORTON, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL CULT, BUTTERFLY, REEVE CARNEY BAND and many, many more as well as working alongside some of the top record producers in the world over a 20 year period.

He found time to teach "The Business of Music" at UCLA and THE MUSICIANS INSTITUTE.

Tony left Interscope in 2010 to move to Portland Oregon, where he now lives and helped form PACIFIC NORTHWEST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP designed to develop young new artists.