Tony Calder, the music manager who popularized the beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do”, died on January 2nd, aged 74.
Calder was born in surrey and was hired by the beatles’ agent, Brian Epstein, to promote the band in the early 1960s. Not long after, Calder and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham (Calder met while working at Decca Records) formed a public relations firm called Image. It runs the Rolling Stones and promotes beach boys.
In 1965, Calder and Oldham founded the independent record company, Immediate Records, which included Small Faces, Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac. It was immediately closed in 1970. Oldham, one of those who paid tribute to Calder after his death, wrote on twitter: “a family member left us.”
In the 60 s, Calder as a record producer, made a brief spell, with marian FeiSiFu (Marianne Faithfull) together in her single “come on, and I together” and “the bird”, is the UK top ten hit single. In the 1970s, he signed on to include the gulf city road and black Sabbath. In 1978, he began managing Eddie grant.
In his later years, Calder and oldham wrote a biography of abba. Since 2007, he has been working as a business manager with Eddy Grant. Calder reportedly died in battle with pneumonia at Chelsea and Westminster hospital.