Tim Rice began his professional life with the intention of being a solicitor at the law firm Pettit & Westlake, but harbored career aspirations in the field of pop music. Tim approached the head of Arlington Books, Desmond Elliot, with the idea of writing a book about pop history. That idea didn't impress Elliot, but the fact that Tim was also a lyricist did. Desmond Elliot knew Andrew Lloyd Webber, who at the time was about to attend Magdalen College at Oxford to read History, and he knew that Andrew was looking for a lyricist. At Elliot's suggestion, on 21 April 1965 Tim wrote to Andrew, and a meeting was quickly arranged.
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