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Robert Stigwood
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    (April 16, 1934-January 4, 2016)
    Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    Music impresario and film producer
    Became co-manager of NEMS Enterprises with Brian Epstein
    After Epstein's death, formed the Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO)
    Managed Cream and the Bee Gees
    Produced the London theatrical productions 'Hair,' 'Oh, Calcutta,' 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Evita'
    Produced the films 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (1973), 'Tommy' (1975), 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977), 'Grease' (1978), 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1978), 'Moment By Moment' (1979), 'Times Square' (1980), 'Grease 2' (1982), 'Stayin' Alive' (1983) and 'Evita' (1996)
    When Stigwood tried to convince Epstein to turn over management of the Beatles to him, the band was less than enthusiastic.
    According to Paul McCartney, 'We said, 'In fact, if you do, if you somehow manage to pull this off, we can promise you one thing. We will record God Save the Queen for every single record we make from now on and we'll sing it out of tune. That's a promise.''
    Starting with 'Sgt. Pepper,' he produced a series of late-70s/early-80s box office and critical disasters.
    The Bee Gees sued him and RSO for $200 million, alleging fraud, misrepresentation and conflicts of interest (1980).
    Commenting on his hard-partying ways, a friend said he 'had never seen anyone dole out such a staggering degree of punishment to their body in the pursuit of such an astonishing degree of fun.'
    He entered Britain penniless and worked his way up to being one of the country's top show biz moguls.
    Along with Joe Meek, he was one of the first independent record producers in Britain.
    After he hinted to the Small Faces that they might want to change managers, Don Arden and a couple of henchmen broke into his office and dangled him from a fourth-floor balcony.
    With 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Grease,' he produced the two biggest musicals of the 70s.

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