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Cream and Clapton Manager Robert Stigwood Dead at 81

01/05/2016
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(Classic Rock) Band manager, producer and impresario Robert Stigwood has died at the age of 81. The Australian looked after the affairs of Cream in the 1960s and continued to work with Eric Clapton after the band split.

Along with Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, the Bee Gees and several other acts, Stigwood found success as producer of musicals including Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, and movies such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and The Who's Tommy.

He'd started out as a co-owner of Robert Stigwood Associates, a theatrical agency that led to his career as the UK's first independent record producer, alongside colleague Joe Meek.

He's remembered as the victim of a notorious incident in 1966, when competitor Don Arden threatened him with violence for discussing a potential management switch with the Small Faces. In some versions of the story Arden vowed to throw Stigwood out of his own office window - in others Arden is said to have hung him out of the window by his feet. Read more here.

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