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Allen Klein
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    (December 18, 1931-July 4, 2009)
    Born in Newark, New Jersey
    Accountant/manager/record label executive
    Owned Cameo-Parkway and ABKCO Records
    Managed the Rolling Stones (1965-70) and Beatles (1969-70)
    Paul McCartney's refusal to join the other Beatles in signing a contract with Klein contributed to the tensions that broke up the band.
    His relations with the Stones and Beatles ended in acrimony and lawsuits.
    The London Evening Standard wrote that his appearance at one Beatles' press conference 'must have set some kind of record for unprintable language.'
    He spent two months in jail for tax fraud from the illegal sales of Beatles promotional records (1979).
    When George Harrison was accused of plagiarizing 'My Sweet Lord,' he initially advised Harrison on how to fight the suit, then bought Bright Tunes, the publishing company suing Harrison.
    That bit of double-dealing backfired when the judge reduced the damages to be paid from the original $1.6 million to $587,000 -- the amount Klein had spent to buy Bright Tunes.
    He was dissed in songs by both McCartney ('You Never Give Me Your Money') and John Lennon ('Steel and Glass').
    After his mother's death when he was nine months old, he spent several years in an orphanage before being brought up by a grandmother and an aunt.
    Early on, he gained a reputation as a sleuth who could comb through a record company's books on behalf of an artist and find hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties.
    For his first managerial client, soul singer Sam Cooke, he negotiated an unprecedented deal with RCA, winning for Cooke a higher royalty rate, his own label and rights to his recordings.
    He stopped the hemorrhaging of cash from the Beatles' Apple Records and negotiated a new contract with EMI that gave the band the highest royalties paid to an artist.
    On his desk, he had a sign reading, 'Though I walk in the shadow of the valley of evil, I have no fear, as I am the biggest bastard in the valley.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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