Ray Coleman was the former editor-in-chief of Melody Maker known for his biographies of The Beatles and Lennon: The Definitive Biography. Besides Melody Maker, Coleman contributed to music magazines such as Disc, Black Music, Musicians Only, and Billboard. An author or co-author of ten books, Coleman was near the completion of a Phil Collins biography at the time of his death. The book was completed and published in 1997. He was the first journalist to be awarded a Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for services to British music.