Despite being from Boston
, he was a co-founder, of sorts, of the British
strains of folk-rock
. Boyd, among other
activities in Boston and Greenwich Village
, owned a folk club, during the
days of the early-60s folk music
boom. He ended up working in London
for New York indie
(at the time) Elektra Records, where one of his first productions was The Powerhouse, a one-off band (assembled for a 1966 compilation LP) including Eric Clapton
, the pseudonymous "Steve Anglo"
, and Manfred Mann
's Jack Bruce
and Paul Jones.
He also co-founded the UFO Club in '66; it became a big venue for nascent psychedelic bands like The Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine. Boyd produced the Floyd's first 45 for EMI, as well as one for Soft Machine, plus The Incredible String Band's first recordings for Elektra. Branching out further, Boyd formed Witchseason Productions, handling the careers and recordings of the Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, and John and Beverley Martyn, among others, on into the early 70s, before retiring from management and returning to the US to work for Warner Bros. Pictures.
He would unretire in the 80s, forming Hannibal Records, where he remains
the boss today, as well as an exec with Rykodisc, Hannibal's current owner.