Music Enterpreneur Robert Stigwood Passes
January 5, 2016 at 11:13 AM (PT)
Australian music entrepreneur and impresario ROBERT STIGWOOD has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 81.
According to BBC NEWS, the death of the former manager of the Rock band CREAM (and ERIC CLAPTON as a solo act) and vocal group BEE GEES was confirmed on FACEBOOK by SPENCER GIBB, son of the late BEE GEE member ROBIN GIBB. Of his passing, GIBB said “I would like to thank ROBERT for his kindness to me over the years as well as his mentorship to my family. “Stiggy," you will be missed.”
STIGWOOD began his career as an advertising copywriter in his home country of AUSTRALIA. Moving to the U.K in the mid-1960s, for a time he also represented THE WHO as their booking agent -– eventually signing them to his own record label, REACTION.
In the 1970s, he enjoyed success producing the movie version of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and THE WHO rock opera TOMMY as well as the hugely successful Rock musicals SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and GREASE. His career was not without a few ‘missteps’ – including the critically-panned musical SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, and (FEVER sequel) STAYING ALIVE. In the ‘90s STIGWOOD, who owned the management rights to the 1978 musical EVITA, saw it brought it to the big screen starring MADONNA and ANTONIO BANDERAS, where it won the BEST FILM award at the 1997 GOLDEN GLOBES.
In 1973, STIGWOOD formed a new label, RSO RECORDS (ROBERT STIGWOOD ORGANIZATION), where he relaunched the careers of CLAPTON giving him his only #1 chart single in 1974 (with his cover of the BOB MARLEY-penned “I Shot The Sheriff”) and the BEE GEES the following summer (with their #1 comeback smash, “Jive Talkin’”).
On his TWITTER feed, English composer ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER stated, “Farewell beloved ROBERT, the great showman who taught me so much. With love, ALW.”
Plans for services will be announced shortly.