Diary: Burson person has more than one string to his bow

Burson-Marsteller’s man in Dubai, Roger Fennings, who returned to London last month after eight years in the Middle East, has a few hidden talents.

Burson-Marsteller’s man in Dubai, Roger Fennings, who returned to

London last month after eight years in the Middle East, has a few hidden

talents.



Officially, Fennings was regional chief operating officer of

Intermarkets PR, B-M’s affiliate in the region. But by night, he was

known as the Blues Man.



Although he describes himself as a ’Burson person’, Fennings does not

quite fit into the grey suit mould. He left school in 1959, aged 15, to

play guitar for his own band, the Druids.



And he managed to carve out a successful career for himself in the music

industry, working as a guitarist with Roy Orbison and hanging out with

David Jones, before he became David Bowie.



Fennings started his own record label in the 1960s. In the 1970s the

label was sold and his business developed into a music PR agency. ’When

I went to Dubai I didn’t take my guitars with me, because I was going to

be running a PR company,’ he said.



But the need to strum began to hanker, so Fennings bought himself a new

set of six-strings and started a band, which played Dubai’s clubs and

hotels. His group was known by various names, including the Dubai

Allstars, ’but ultimately I was simply the Blues Ban’.



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