Music Business Icon Giorgio Gomelsky Dead at 81

(Classic Rock) Music producer Giorgio Gomelsky has died aged 81. His long-term partner Janice Daley told the New York Times that he'd passed away due to complications of colon cancer.

A prominent figure in London's music scene in the early 60s, Gomelsky managed the Yardbirds and pioneered many other artists in his career including Soft Machine, Gong and Magma.

He opened London club Crawdaddy in 1963 and booked the Rolling Stones for their first paid shows. He also founded record label Marmalade and produced Soft Machine's first demos.

He's credited with organizing the UK's first blues festival in Birmingham - with a list of acts that included the Yardbirds, the Spencer Davis Group and Long John Baldry's Hoochie Coochie Men with Rod Stewart. Read more here.

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