The late Charlie Gillett and his friend and neighbour Gordon Nelki created Oval as a record label, production company and publishing house in 1972, although it did not release a record until 1975. It was initially intended as a home for reissues of Charlie’s favourite Louisiana rock ‘n’ roll and swamp pop then diversified into reggae singles another of Charlie’s passions. But success eluded them and they decided to leave the reissue business, as they began to release contemporary acts...

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