Music mogul Tony Calder dead at 74

British music mogul Tony Calder has died, aged 74.
The manager, talent-spotter, promoter, and publicist was instrumental in scoring the Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, and Eddy Grant hits with songs like Paint It, Black, Itchycoo Park, and I Don’t Wanna Dance.
He started his career at Decca Records, where he was hired to help promote the Beatles’ Love Me Do.
His success led to a partnership with the late impresario Andrew Loog Oldham, who managed the Rolling Stones.
Calder also tasted success as a producer in the mid 1960s when he replaced Oldham behind the controls for Marianne Faithfull.
The two men went on to form Immediate Records, releasing hits by The Small Faces, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Chris Farlowe, and Amen Corner, among others.
Calder also ran NEMS Records in the ’70s, signing Black Sabbath and Faithfull. He gave that role up to manage reggae star Eddy Grant, and later enjoyed worldwide chart success as one of the masterminds behind Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers.
He ended his career as Eddy Grant’s business manager.
Reports suggest he died of pneumonia at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London on Tuesday (02Jan18).