(CelebrityAccess) — Richard Cowley, former co-head of the Chrysalis Agency, and the co-founder of the Cowbell Agency has died according to a report by IQ Mag. He was 72.
Cowley partnered with veteran agent Terry Ellis in 1967 to launch Chrysalis through a merger between their two companies — Universal Attractions and the Ellis-Wright Agency.
The following year, they launched the Chrysalis Records imprint, which served as the label home for artists such as Jethro Tull, Sinéad O’Connor, Pat Benetar, Robin Trower, and Leo Kottke.
IQ noted that in his memoir, Chris Wright stated that Cowley effectively “took over the running of the Chrysalis Agency” following the merger.
After he exited Chrysalis, Cowley partnered with Bell to launch the Cowbell Agency, which eventually became Primary Talent.
Cowley eventually left the business and worked as a healthcare consultant.