About Larry Belling

 

Born in Oakland, California and educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Larry’s early career was in Bay Area radio before moving to New York in the early 60s where he worked as a press agent on more than 50 Broadway and off Broadway shows including “How to Succeed in Business,” “Hair,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun,” “The Homecoming,” and productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Circle-in-the-Square.


He spent most of the 70s in London in music, publicity and commercial radio. He was the American unit publicist on films including “The Battle of Britain” and “Women in Love.” He managed musical artists and record producers including Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones) and James Guthrie (Pink Floyd). His voice was the first American accent heard on Capital Radio when it first went on the air in 1974. He was also involved in publicity and property marketing in the Seychelles Islands. He and wife Davina had been early visitors to the Indian Ocean paradise before there was even an airport at a time when there were less than 300 tourists a year. Now there are 175,000.


The 80s found him in Los Angeles running his commercials production company which won Clios and other advertising awards for clients including Greenpeace, American Express, Molson Beers and Hollywood movie studios and television networks. He owned and operated Slippery Studios, a recording facility with sound design by Pink Floyd producer/engineer James Guthrie.


In the early 90s Larry became creative director of a Silicon Valley multimedia company to design musical instruments that plugged into computers and delivered audiovisual courses to students. The $8 million funding pool evaporated unfortunately and the company collapsed. Larry moved back to London in 1996 where he worked in corporate communications for Capgemini, the computer services and outsourcing company producing a daily newsletter for 60,000 employees around the world and designing a corporate intranet system.


In recent years Larry has written three as yet unproduced screenplays and a theatrical play, “Nurse Lily,” which has had successful readings in New York and California starring Stacy Keach and Eli Wallach. Under the title “Stroke of Luck,” the play premiered in London at the Park Theatre in February 2014 starring Tim Pigott-Smith.