Prolific author’s Motown book is signed, sealed and delivered

Graham Betts, of Aston Clinton, with a copy of his Motown encyclopedia
Graham Betts, of Aston Clinton, with a copy of his Motown encyclopedia

A writer and music fan has compiled his 31st book in the form of an encyclopedia all about Motown artists.

Graham Betts, 57, first started the lengthy research for his Motown Encyclopedia three years ago before it was launched as an e-book in June, and now it is available to buy in print online.

Graham, of Rothschild Avenue, Aston Clinton, said the reason he came up with the encyclopedia was purely for work purposes: “I was doing some research for work and I had to delve into three or four books to find what I wanted.”

The eyecatching front cover was designed by his daughter Jo, who inherited her father’s passion for the music industry and works for the Ministry of Sound.

Graham has enjoyed a distinguished career in the record industry, working for Pye Records, CBS and Hallmark before taking up a position as artists and repetoire manager at the Pickwick Group in Amersham.

The father-of-two’s extensive knowledge has led him to contribute to several music titles such as Blues & Soul, Record Buyer and The History of Rock over the past 25 years.

One particular claim to fame was winning Melody Maker’s essay contest in 1978 and flying out to Miami, USA, to interview The Commodores, as well as rubbing shoulders with Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.

Though it is the 31st time his work has been published, Graham never tires of the experience.

The writer. who lives with wife Caroline, said: “I still get excited because each project is a new and promoted in a different way. My wife has come to dread hearing me say the words ‘I’ve got a great idea’!”

Graham’s Motown Encyclopedia is available at