[69] In 1974 negotiations over royalties led to a payment of $375,000 to the Stones and ABKCO's release of an additional Rolling Stones album, Metamorphosis. In February 1967, with an eye toward producing films and finding a way to invest his clients' money, Klein attempted to acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. [137] In the early 1980s Klein produced two Broadway plays. Allen Klein, the brash music mogul whose five-decade career included stints as the business manager for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died Saturday in New York. Klein immediately countersued in London, in November 1973, for $19 million in unpaid fees. In 1961 Klein did accountancy work for an independent film, Force of Impulse, where he formed lasting relationships that he would turn to for many film projects of his own. Although Spector had not been active as a producer for several years, his early work was still frequently broadcast and also licensed for film soundtracks. For anyone facing a profound loss, this book provides wisdom for the spirit and healing for the heart." Paul McCartney preferred to be represented by Lee and John Eastman, the father and brother respectively of McCartney's girlfriend Linda, whom he married on March 12. After a high court battle, Apple was put into administration. Spector’s publishing company, Mother Bertha Music, Inc, was controlled by Trio, a Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller company, which was in turn administered by Warner/Chappell Music. Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon attended Klein's funeral. Klein testified that he had not instructed Bennett to sell promotional copies of albums and that although he'd received cash payments from Bennett the payments were a return of cash advances which Bennett had been given. He took it to the Cannes Film Festival and later claimed that it had won the "Best American Picture Award" there, though no such award actually existed. He died in Las Vegas in 1997 aged 87. [115][nb 2] While the suits were ongoing, Klein made a play for the US portion of Harrison's publishing company, Harrisongs, in late 1974, without success. Klein was diagnosed with diabetes at age 40. [34] Cooke had scored four top ten hits between 1957 and 1963, including his number one hit, "You Send Me,"[35] among 33 records in the top 100 in that period. At his second trial in 1979 the jury found Klein innocent of the felony charges and convicted him of a single misdemeanor charge of making false statements on his 1972 tax return. In 1970, he was dismissed as manager of the Stones, but disputes over the ownership of recordings and songs continued. His first client was the soul music star Sam Cooke, who was unable to get royalty payments from his record company, RCA. The American Stock Exchange declined to reinstate the stock; instead, ABKCO continued to trade over the counter, and the stock price dropped to more realistic levels. At Klein's insistence, Oldham increased the Stones' royalties to 7 percent and relinquished his commission. In 1968 he merged ABKCO with the Cameo-Parkway record company, owner of recordings by Chubby Checker and other early 1960s teen pop artists. Death, dying and bereavement is not funny. [46], His victories for Most won Klein access to several key English musicians. KLEIN – Allen J. Klein persuaded the company to part with $1,250,000 in advance royalties, arranging for the money to be paid to one of his own companies, through which he later bought the rights to many of the Stones' early recordings. Allen Klein, who has successfully taught thousands to find the humor and consolations in life’s tribulations, shows us how. Allen Klein, who was Cooke's business manager, bought Tracey Records after Cooke's death and controls the rights to Cooke's performance of this song. Klein worked feverishly to pull together a consortium which would beat Grade's offer, but ultimately his efforts were derailed by infighting between McCartney and Lennon themselves. The official death certificate is issued at the time of one’s death and includes vital information about the deceased. [3] (The Rolling Stones's $1.25 million advance from the Decca Records label in 1965, for example, was deposited into a company that Klein had established, and the fine print of the contract did not require Klein to release it for 20 years. 2), Time Waits for No One: Anthology 1971–1977, Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones, More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies), Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones, Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Allen_Klein&oldid=1001313353, American people of Hungarian-Jewish descent, Disease-related deaths in New York (state), Articles needing additional references from October 2017, All articles needing additional references, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2019, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 January 2021, at 04:08. [139][63], In 1988 Klein began managing Phil Spector’s business affairs, including his publishing and recording assets. [21] Klein's clients included Ersel Hickey,[19] Dimitri Tiomkin,[22] Steve Lawrence,[22] Eydie Gormé,[22] Sam Cooke, Buddy Knox,[22] Jimmy Bowen,[22] Lloyd Price,[23] Neil Sedaka,[24] Bobby Darin,[25] Bobby Vinton,[26] Scepter Records,[24] and the estate of Mike Todd. By July 1967, Klein and his associate Abbey Butler had acquired a controlling interest and filed to rename Cameo-Parkway as ABKCO, which is an acronym for "The Allen and Betty Klein Company." Klein succeeded in releasing the monies owed to Cooke and soon established a corporation to own the rights to Cooke's future recordings. [113] Early the following month, Lennon told an interviewer: "Let's say possibly Paul's suspicions were right … and the timing was right. His hopes were blunted when Edgar Bronfman, Sr., heir to the Seagram fortune, instead took control of the firm. Klein died in New York two days later, aged 77. They then sued him in the London courts, citing excessive commission fees, the mishandling of the Concert for Bangladesh, his misrepresentation of their individual financial standings, and his failure to ensure that the roster of artists at Apple Records prospered under his control. [30][29][31], In 1963, Klein began a business partnership with Jocko Henderson, an urbane black disc jockey who had daily radio shows in both Philadelphia and New York. The Beatles’ former business manager, Allen Klein, has died in New York City at the age of 77. Live 1965: Music From Charlie Is My Darling, Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. In 2004, the same year that ABKCO collected a Grammy Award for a Sam Cooke documentary, Legend, Klein fell and broke bones in his foot, requiring surgery. Age 50, of Java Village, died January 2, 2020. Morris Levy, co-owner of Roulette, was feared because of his organized crime connections. Allen Klein, who died on July 4 aged 77, was the American accountant who briefly managed the Beatles and was widely blamed for the group’s final split. Klein was alleged to have received over $200,000. : A Trip Across Latin America, The Rolling Stones: An Illustrated Record, Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones. [31], Klein was hit with his first crisis in managing the Beatles when Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein and chief heir to NEMS, the management company his brother had founded, sold NEMS to Triumph, a British investment group managed by Leonard Richenberg. Lenser, Allen L. "Blonde"February 2, 1951 - January 18, 2021SERVICES PENDINGPreceded in death by parents, Frank Lenser and Charlotte Klein; sister, Lori Rodriguez. [74] In 2003 Klein negotiated with Steve Jobs to make ABKCO's Rolling Stones songs available on iTunes. [142] He suffered several heart attacks over the years, of varying severity. Although Klein greatly increased his clients' incomes, he also enriched himself, sometimes without his clients' knowledge. past president The American Association for Therapeutic Humor [102] Klein also produced the 1978 film The Greek Tycoon, in which Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset played characters based on Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy. [14] After military service, and with the assistance of the G.I. He was subsequently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Harrison immediately set about organizing an event which would take place in Madison Square Garden within just five weeks—the Concert for Bangladesh—from which a live album could raise further funds for the Bangladeshi refugees. After the Stones coup, other artists came to Klein for help. Although Cooke was clearly making his label, RCA Records, a great deal of money, label executives nonetheless repeatedly refused to honor his many requests for a review of his accounts. Eventually he would realize that much the same situation existed in popular music, where labels routinely took much profit from the transitory careers of the artists who created the profit-generating music, paying them less than what Klein thought they should. Klein's success with the Knox and Bowen negotiation brought him new clients, and he and Levy became lifelong friends. In the spring of 1971, Harrison learned from his friend and mentor, Ravi Shankar, about the desperate people of Bangladesh, who had been devastated both by military violence and a vicious cyclone. [27], In June 1958 Klein married Betty Rosenblum, a Hunter College student seven years his junior. The 1960s was the era when superstar artists rather than record companies became the dominant commercial force in the popular music business. [136] With George Harrison, Klein co-produced the 1972 concert film The Concert for Bangladesh. Funeral Home Services for Michael are being provided by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park. Tracey would manufacture Cooke's recordings and give exclusive rights to RCA to sell them for 30 years, after which the rights would revert to Tracey. The Eastmans convinced McCartney to file suit against his former bandmates for dissolution of the Beatles' partnership, which he did on December 31, 1970. [71] In 1984 Jagger and Richards sued to break their publishing agreement with ABKCO because of non-payment of royalties. This established Klein's reputation and brought more clients, such as the pop star Bobby Darin, Scepter Records (whose main act was the Shirelles) and the R&B singer Lloyd Price. )[4] Klein's involvement with both the Beatles and Rolling Stones would lead to years of litigation and, specifically for the Rolling Stones, accusations from the group that Klein had withheld royalty payments, stolen the publishing rights to their songs, and neglected to pay their taxes for five years; this last had necessitated their French "exile" in 1971. It was said that he would lay his head on his desk during the class, apparently sleeping. After the death of Brian Epstein in 1967, the group had set up Apple Corps as a record label and putative multimedia publisher. [131] The first two "Stranger" films were released by MGM the studio where Klein produced Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter starring the popular Herman's Hermits. But the group had already hired John Eastman, the American brother of Paul McCartney's future wife Linda, as their general counsel. He eventually negotiated vastly improved deals for The Animals,[47] Herman's Hermits,[47] the Kinks,[48] Lulu,[49] Donovan,[50] and Pete Townshend of the Who. [citation needed], In 1964 Klein became the American business manager of Mickie Most, a former singer who was the savvy producer of hits for the Animals and for Herman's Hermits. [2], Rather than offering financial advice and maximizing his clients' income, as a business manager normally would, Klein set up what he called "buy/sell agreements" where a company that Klein owned became an intermediary between his client and the record label, owning the rights to the music, manufacturing the records, selling them to the record label, and paying royalties and cash advances to the client. [129][130] Blindman (1970) featured Ringo Starr as a Mexican bandit, Anthony as its lead, and Klein as an extra. [78][79] They hoped it would provide the means for correcting Epstein's unfortunate business decisions, which had both limited their incomes and ensured high tax burdens. Klein retaliated by withdrawing both El Topo and The Holy Mountain from distribution. Cooke created a holding company, Tracey Ltd., which was named after Cooke's middle daughter. [33] As Henderson's partner, Klein was introduced to Sam Cooke, a preeminent talent who was equally adept at writing, producing, and performing his numerous hit records. The documentary also proposed that Klein was behind the death of Cooke and had him murdered in order to become the sole beneficiary of Sam Cooke's music. Inspired by Lennon's enthusiasm, Klein bought the film and put it in American release. Although Albee had also written big successes in The Zoo Story and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the play Klein produced had an even shorter run than his previous attempt. The company wrote to the State of New Jersey urging officials not to approve him as a Certified Public Accountant, and Klein chose not to take the examination. He also forced London Records, Decca's American subsidiary, to sign a separate contract. [29], Klein acquired a reputation as a tough negotiator who could bring money to his clients. "Sam said, 'Well, what do you think? [67], The split between Klein and the Stones led to years of litigation. He died on July 4, 2009 in New York City. When we can find some humor in our upsets, they no longer seem as large or as important as they once did. He was known to pay artists as little as possible. [66] Another possible factor in the Stones' dissatisfaction with Klein was that when the latter began to manage the Beatles he focused more of his attention on that band's affairs than on the concerns of the Stones. With the possible exception of Alexis Mardas, who occupied a far less central role, nobody in the Beatles' milieu has received a more damning verdict from historians than Allen Klein. Later the producer and the director's planned collaboration on a proposed film version of The Story of O was halted when Jodorowsky refused to make the film and to return substantial advance monies. There was Herman's Hermits, Donovan, James Taylor and, above all, the Beatles. By the time Klein subsequently re-negotiated the deal one year later, Easton having been removed as co-manager, the Stones were guaranteed $2.6 million—more than the Beatles were making. [102] The Concert for Bangladesh live album and film raised over $15 million. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? Steven Allen Klein, 53, of Phoenix, died Saturday, January 4, 2020 doing his most favorite hobby of mountain biking at Brown Hills Trial Ridge in Phoenix. by Allen Klein . [10] An indifferent student, he graduated from Weequahic High School in 1950; fellow graduate Philip Roth was the only classmate to sign his yearbook. For some years he displayed on his desk a parody of the 23rd psalm that read: "Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of evil, I have no fear, as I am the biggest bastard in the valley.". Klein is survived by his estranged wife, Betty, his children, Robin, Jody and Beth, and four grandchildren. [106] Aside from the question of its charity status, unwelcome attention had been drawn to the project after an article published in New York magazine accused Klein of pocketing $1.14 on each copy of the live album (priced at $10)[107][108]—allegations that raised suspicions among the three former Beatles with regard to his conduct in their business affairs. Klein was proud of his tough negotiating stance on behalf of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and others, but his inflexible managerial style led inevitably to schisms with his clients. Following rancorous London meetings with both Eastmans, in April, Klein was appointed as the Beatles' manager on an interim basis, with the Eastmans being appointed as their attorneys. He eventually fell out with each of them, however, with Lennon writing in 1974 the vituperative song Steel and Glass about him. He also points out how deep listening is important in being with those who are in bereavement. Allen Klein (December 18, 1931 – July 4, 2009) was an American businessman, music publisher, writers' representative and record label executive. [39], Klein's successful negotiations on behalf of Cooke brought him new clients, including Bobby Vinton[40] and the Dave Clark Five. After a face-to-face reconciliation between the two men Klein dropped his lawsuit and ABKCO released the films on video, paying Jodorowsky to remaster them. Cooke's demise in the wee hours of Dec. 11th. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) Bio. [83][84], Once in charge of Apple, Klein fired a large number of the organization's employees, including Apple Records president Ron Kass, and replaced them with his own people. [97][98] He wanted to be released from his partnership with Lennon, Starr, and Harrison, who had in recent months proved a steady three-to-one majority against McCartney's proposals. This street-fighter background was later said to have particularly impressed Lennon, although he also once described Klein as a "sentimental old Jewish mommy". There are two types of death records: official death certificates and death indexes. Sam Cooke's death being a perfect example. Allen Klein is the former Director of Life and Death … Klein served briefly in the US army in the late 1940s before enrolling in an evening class in accountancy. Klein hustled to get the invited artists, including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, to play for free while donating their shares of royalties to charity, and convinced Capitol Records to grant an unprecedented 50% royalty rate. McCartney didn't approve of Spector, but the other Beatles did. Mick Jagger once chased him down a corridor at the Savoy Hotel after a business meeting and his financial relationship with the Stones was not settled until 1984. Klein utilized actor Tony Anthony (actor), whom he'd met on Force of Impulse, in all four. So consistent was the vilification that when biographer Philip Norman merely described Klein as "a tubby little man", it sounded like a compliment. Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon attended Klein's funeral. He was 77. Klein and Spector brought suit in federal court. [105] By mid 1972, Harrison was appalled at the outcome of Klein's handling of the Bangladesh relief effort. His first encounters with the music business occurred when he was asked to audit the accounts of small record companies, including the Roulette label, owned by Morris Levy, a notorious figure with alleged links to the mafia. [70] In 1975 more lawsuits and negotiations resulted in a $1 million payment to the Stones for non-payment by Klein of songwriting royalties, and the release of four Rolling Stones albums including Rock and Roll Circus and Rolled Gold: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones. [54][55] After some management mishaps, blame for which fell at Easton's feet, and Jagger's ascension in the band's hierarchy following "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", the Stones' first number one record in America, Oldham sought and received Jagger's blessing to bring Klein aboard for re-negotiation of the group's contract with Decca Records. In 1962 Klein produced a film called Without Each Other. Klein secured for his client a genuinely groundbreaking deal. Klein's goal was to get Spector all the money owed him, and also to wrest a concession allowing Spector to co-administer the future licensing of his music. • Allen Klein, music industry manager, born 18 December 1931; died 4 July 2009, US business manager who made sure the Rolling Stones and the Beatles got paid. [38] While the deal benefited Cooke, it also greatly benefited Klein, who ended up owning the rights to all of Cooke's recordings made since the contract re-negotiation when Cooke was killed in 1964 and his widow sold Cooke's remaining rights to Klein. Allen Klein Death. [56] The label offered the band the opportunity to make $300,000 if their records continued to sell. [18] He briefly attended law school but soon dropped out. It was meant to take Allen Klein and Company public via its being acquired on paper by Cameo-Parkway. There's nothing funny about death, or is there? Klein was fined $5,000 and sentenced to two months in jail, which he served in July–September 1980. It too was for $600,000. [147], This article is about the American businessman. Other articles where Allen Klein is discussed: Alejandro Jodorowsky: El Topo and The Holy Mountain: John Lennon’s manager, Allen Klein, bought the rights to El Topo on Lennon’s recommendation, distributed it throughout the United States, and immediately engaged Jodorowsky to … (Klein said they had been looking for a "shark" like him.) Klein had failed to register the shows as a UNICEF charity event, however;[103] as a result, the proceeds were denied tax-exempt status in Britain and the US. [109] Lennon also felt betrayed by Klein's lack of support for his and Yoko Ono's increasingly politically focused work, which was typified by the couple's 1972 album Some Time in New York City. [94], Abbey Road proved to be the Beatles' last true collaboration, but Klein recognised an opportunity in the band's shelved January 1969 album and related documentary project, both titled Get Back, to get another album release out of the splintered group while also fulfilling their obligation to provide one more film to United Artists, the studio that had previously released both A Hard Day's Night and Help! When Decca's chairman Sir Edward Lewis told Klein, "We've got a lot of good people working at this company," Klein replied: "Well, I hope they can sing, because you've lost the Stones." Unfazed, Klein presented Levy with the results, showing that large amounts were owed to his clients, two young rock'n'roll singers. [60], Jagger, who had studied at the London School of Economics,[61] gradually became distrustful of Klein, particularly for the latter's ability to insert himself as a profit participant in the group's ever-growing financial affairs. 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