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Great to see Simon and Max still doing so well in one of the longest and most successful music partnerships UK dance music has seen.

Simon learned keyboards, harmony, chord voicings, bassline construction and elementary songwriting techniques with me over a relatively short but fairly intensive period of lessons.

Great guy. Deserves his enormous success – most memorably the UK number 1 ‘Lola’s Theme’ (see cover above).

And I taught him in the same bedroom next to the vinyl collection which inspired that classic track to be conceived!

Lola, who I used to meet regularly, was the song’s inspiration. She’s pretty impressive herself.

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Lola’s dogs were the friendliest I’ve ever met. They used to prance in excitement to the music.

In fact they’d bark to the beat.