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
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’.