Kick Klimbie

Kick Klimbie

Former CEO of EMI in The Netherlands. Kick Klimbie (often misspelled as Kick Klimble) was born in 1945 in the city of Haarlem, The Netherlands. Had and has a great interest in jazz and particularly dixieland, and plays clarinet and saxophone. Was friend of Ronnie Basart, the son of Frans Basart, the founder of Basart, a company that initially sold sheet music and records - it eventually became Basart Records International B.V.

After his graduation he worked in various record stores in the northern part of The Netherlands, but his connections with Basart got him in touch with the Stibbe brothers, who owned the then very small Odeon label and which had an exclusive agreement with EMI for the distribution of Parlophone, which had just started releasing singles by The Beatles. Kick Klimbie was present when The Beatles had their first performance in The Netherlands and was later involved in the famous boat trip that The Beatles made in the canals of Amsterdam.

Bovema, a competitor of Basart, later on secured the Parlophone label including The Beatles and Kick Klimbie moved from Amsterdam to Heemstede to work for Bovema as an assistent export manager. Bovema slowly but surely became a full daughter of EMI in the UK and became known as EMI Bovema; but the last name eventually disappeared altogether.

After corporate changes at EMI-Nederland and Negram-Delta, Kick Klimbie became the managing director of what became known as Bovema-Negram. A short involvement at Capitol in the U.S. later on didn't work out, but it was the beginning of him being active with Blue Note, the jazz label that had just been acquired by Liberty Records.

He moved to London in 1979 and did the marketing for Europe, looking after artists like Roxette, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Dr. Hook, Kim Carnes, Ashford & Simpson, Crowded House, Talk Talk, Roxette, the soundtrack of ‘The Jazz Singer’ by Neil Diamond and Tina Turner, the artist for which he worked hard to get her contracted; the EMI release 'Private Dancer' was the result. Many adventures followed with artists like Diana Ross, Placido Domingo, Kenny Rogers, Joe Cocker and Frank Zappa.

In 1985, Klimbie became the CEO of EMI, The Netherlands and was the president of the NVPI for a few years, helped the start up of EMI Classics in London, worked with Paul McCartney on his classical projects and later on was assigned to expand the tiny Disky label in The Netherlands.
Kick Klimbie has always stated that The Netherlands was an important country for the international music industry, as it worked as the gateway to Europe for international artists.


Kick Klimbie Discography Tracks


1A 158-83385/8 Various Various - 40 Years Of Jazz - The Best Of Blue Note - Box 2(4xLP, Comp, Mono, Box) EMI 1A 158-83385/8 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1A 158-83391/4 Various Various - 40 Years Of Jazz - The Best Of Blue Note - Box 3(4xLP, Comp, Box) EMI 1A 158-83391/4 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1A 158-83401/4 Various Various - 40 Years Of Jazz - The Best Of Blue Note - Box 5(4xLP, Comp, Box) EMI 1A 158-83401/4 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1A 158-83395/8 Various Various - 40 Years Of Jazz - The Best Of Blue Note - Box 4(4xLP, Comp, Box) EMI 1A 158-83395/8 Europe 1983 Sell This Version