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Message par Ayler 05.07.09 13:19

Le controversé manager des Beatles et des Stones n'est plus.

Allen Klein, iconic music business entrepreneur and founder of ABKCO Music & Records died early July 4th after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. New York-based ABKCO traces its origins back to Allen Klein & Co. the firm Klein started in the late 1950s. Today, ABKCO is one of the leading independent record companies in the world. It is home to critical catalog assets that include recordings by Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Bobby Womack, Marianne Faithfull, the Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others. The company’s music publishing division comprises over two thousand copyrights including songs composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Ray Davies, Pete Townshend and other legendary songwriters. In 2006, Klein was the recipient of the Abe Olman Publisher Award presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in recognition of his career-long leadership position in music publishing.

Allen Klein, the youngest of four children, was born in Newark, NJ on December 18, 1931. Tragically, his mother died before he reached his first birthday and at the age of four, he was placed in an orphanage where he stayed until he was nine. Thereafter, he was raised in part by his grandmother and an aunt. As a teenager, he had several jobs while attending evening classes and he worked at the Essex County News where he learned the basics of distribution. He graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ with a degree in accounting. Following a stint in the US Army, he clerked for the Manhattan accounting firm of Prager and Fenton.

Through a friendship with publisher Don Kirshner, Mr Klein became involved in the music business. A meeting with Bobby Darin started him on the path of auditing record companies on behalf of recording artists and he developed a fervent following among these clients based on his uncanny ability to identify unpaid royalties. In 1962, Klein met Sam Cooke and would soon become his manager. On Cooke’s behalf, he secured an unprecedented agreement with RCA Records providing for not only artistic control but Cooke’s ownership of his own masters via Tracey Records, a label that Klein set up for this purpose. That contract forever changed the traditional relationship between label and artist that had been in place since the birth of the industry.

Now in its fiftieth year, ABKCO was founded in 1958 as an umbrella company involved in management, music publishing, film, TV and theatrical production. In 1967, Klein added Philadelphia’s Cameo Parkway Records to ABKCO’s portfolio. In the mid-1960s, Klein turned his sights to the UK where he became associated with producer Mickie Most (Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Donovan, etc). He worked with Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham to secure a new contract with Decca (UK) and would later purchase the band’s master recordings from Oldham. For a time, Klein managed both the Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. as well as the Rolling Stones. Klein represented The Beatles in re-negotiations between Apple and EMI in 1969 which resulted in their being granted the highest royalty rate ever paid to an artist up to that time.

In 1971 Klein co-produced The Concert for Bangladesh with George Harrison at Madison Square Garden, the first ever concert event at the facility and the forerunner of every rock fund raising benefit on behalf of a cause or charity. Following the Beatles split, he continued to work with his close friends John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Through ABKCO’s involvement in Broadway productions, Klein worked with such theater luminaries as Edward Albee, Rene Taylor and Joseph Bologna. ABKCO Films produced several movies, most notably The Greek Tycoon starring Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Quinn as well as El Topo and Holy Mountain, the cult classics directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. ABKCO was awarded a Grammy®️ for the DVD documentary Sam Cooke: Legend in 2004 and an ABKCO-produced Sam Cooke film biography based on Dream Boogie, Peter Guralnick’s best selling biography of the soul and gospel star, is currently in pre-production.

Mr Klein is survived by his sister Naomi; his longtime companion Iris Keitel; his wife Betty; their three children Robin, Jody and Beth; his son-in-law Dan and daughter-in-law Jennifer; and his four grandchildren, Jeremy, Julian, Jade and Zachary. A philanthropist of great breadth, he supported many causes including City of Hope, The Painted Turtle, The NYU Dept of Cardiology Lipid Treatment & Research Center, Sloane Kettering Children’s Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association, the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy and the Central Park Medical Unit.

In the music business, Allen Klein was both an icon and an enigma. While he had never sought the spotlight for himself, the company he created became one of the leading independent treasuries of copyrights and master recordings and will continue as a family-run business.

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