Farewell Robert Stigwood who died yesterday aged 81.
It was a game of two halves for Stigwood. He came from Adelaide, South Australia in 1954 to London where he worked with Joe Meek, Larry Parnes and others before forming his own production company.
Stigwood was also supposedly the man Don Arden’s heavies dangled out of a first floor window for trying to poach Arden’s band the Small Faces
The first record I’ve found with his “RS” logo was by soap star turned pop crooner John Leyton who spent 15 weeks at number one with the Joe Meek produced Johnny Remember Me
After that he managed The Graham Bond Organisation featuring Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. This lead to Cream being signed to Stigwood’s own Reaction label with its wonderful mod-tastic label design.
He lured the Who away from Brunswick for one Reaction album (A Quick One) and a handful of singles.
At one point Stigwood managed both The Bee Gees and Cream which lead to claims of neglect from both bands.