BCD Entertainment was started in 1964 by Pete Brown. At the time 21 year old Pete was working as a nurse at St Lawrence Hospital in Bodmin. The company was set up with Pete's brother Colin and G. Rees.
At the time there were few band agencies around. Teen Promotions were running dances, as were a few others, but BCD was the likely the first outfit in Cornwall to book and manage bands.
They started out with nine rock bands on the books (Druids, Gunslingers, Drifters, Swinging Saints, Jaguars, Road Runners, Mike Fender & the Strollers and Confederates) as well a jazz band (Goff Richards and his Hi Jazz Band) as well as a dance band (Green Stars Dance Band).
BCD would promise to get bookings, print flyers and posters as well as negotiate any TV and Radio appearances. They were also help to eliminate some of the local territorial rivalry, by sharing gigs out amongst all the bands. BCD would also make the promise to supply a different band if the one booked couldn't make it. They also expected their bands to act in a professional manner, always turning up on time and with the right equipment! Early promotional material also showed that BCD were affiliated with the recording outfit Cardew and Roper (does anybody have any further information on this outfit?).
Through the 60s BCD would become the agency in Cornwall, with most bands in the county being on their books at some point. BCD would also work closely with Lionel Rigby in Torquay, swapping bands between Devon and Cornwall.
Pete would leave the company in the late 60s, handing over the reins to Richard Stevens who would continue running the successful business until the late 90s when the company was retired.