LONDON (CelebrityAccess) John Gaydon, 74, one-half of EG Management and EG Records, and former manager for acts like King Crimson and Roxy Music, has died.
Gaydon formed EG Management in 1969 alongside partner David Enthoven, who passed in 2016, to help build the career of King Crimson prior to the launch of its debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The pair eventually signed acts like T. Rex, Roxy Music, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer that included King Crimson member Greg Lake, as noted by IQ Magazine.
Gaydon exited eG Management in 1971 to start his own management company, taking T. Rex’s Marc Bolan with him, then moved on to film production. Enthoven continued to be a music manager, finding success with Robbie Williams.
“For those of us who were around in the ’early 70s, Johnny Gaydon was something of a legendary figure,” Primary Talent and ILMC co-founder Martin Hopewell told IQ. “When I arrived behind an agent’s desk as a wet-behind-the-ears ex-student, John and his partner in EG Management, David Enthoven, were very much the rock stars of the management world: young, smart, well-educated entrepreneurs who rode around town on motorbikes, smoked joints and generally seemed to be enjoying the rock and roll lifestyle while handling the careers of Roxy Music and some of the coolest acts around at the time.
“They were at the forefront of a new breed of artist’s representative at a point when the industry itself was changing, and set a new definition of what a manager could be.”
“We were all in the same gang together,” John Giddings , Solo Agency and Isle of Wight Festival founder, told IQ. “We had some great times, and I’d be hard pushed to find someone who had a bad word to say about him.”
Details of Gaydon’s passing were not available at press time, but his death was announced by Sting on a May 14 Instagram post.
“We were all in the same gang together,” Giddings tells IQ. “We had some great times, and I’d be hard pushed to find someone who had a bad word to say about him.”