Robert Stigwood, one of the most successful and influential Australians involved in the entertainment industry, has died aged 81.
As a manager, record producer, record label owner, promoter, film producer and impresario, Stigwood was one of the dominant figures in entertainment in the 1960s and 70s.
Born in Port Pirie in 1934, he moved to the United Kingdom at 20 years of age. By 1960 Stigwood was starting out as a theatrical agent when he met up with legendary English record producer Joe Meek.
Their brief collaboration changed the English recording industry forever, ushering in a new era of independent record companies including Robert Stigwood’s own RSO label.