July 5, 2009

Allen Klein RIP

Allen Klein RIP

Music manager Allen Klein, a no-holds-barred businessman who bulldozed his way into and out of deals with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died Saturday in New York after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said.

He was 77. During a career spanning more than 50 years, Allen Klein enjoyed a reputation as a savvy gangster-like figure. But he also earned grudging respect for bullying labels into giving rich deals to his clients - the Animals, the Dave Clark Five and Herman's Hermits.

Allen Klein became most famous - and later infamous - for signing on the Rolling Stones and then the Beatles. Both arrangements eventually spurred lawsuits, with some Beatles fans blaming Allen Klein for contributing to the tensions that broke up the group.


Allen Klein RIP

Posted at July 5, 2009 3:54 PM

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