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Paul King on Outdoor Music Events
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Paul King (c.1951 to 2015) was an English music promoter, and manager of 'Dire Straits'. Paul T King was born in England in about 1951. He started promoting 'live' shows while at Brunel University in Uxbridge, Middlesex in 1970, during his time studying nuclear chemistry. The establishment had fast become a major venue on the touring circuit, with concerts featuring Elton John, 'Genesis', 'Humble Pie', 'The Kinks', 'The Sex Pistols' and many more. After leaving, King was responsible for the debut tours undertaken by (among others) 'The Stranglers', Sade, Tom Robinson, 'Dire Straits' and 'The Police'. In the early 1980s, he helped manage 'The Teardrop Explodes', and then, when Julian Cope went solo, helped him become an enormously credible solo artist. Influenced by Cope, the two members of 'Tears for Fears' requested that King become their manager, just before the release of "Mad World" (which went straight to No. 3 in the UK charts). He later had a period as manager of 'Level 42'. In 1990, he was the co-promoter of 'The Silver Clef Award Winners Knebworth Show', featuring 'Pink Floyd', Sir Paul McCartney, 'Genesis', Eric Clapton, 'Dire Straits', Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Elton John, 'Status Quo' and 'Tears for Fears'. The 120,000 capacity show raised over £6 million for "The Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity". However, this event unfortunately coincided with his personal decline through alcoholism, and King's entrance into bankruptcy. In the shade during the 1990s, he fell foul of the law as an active partner in an investment scam, and also went bankrupt for a second time in 2002. This meant he would serve a jail sentence. Following his release, he studied "neuro linguistic programming", a US-based 'personal development' concept, and acquired diplomas in personal and corporate coaching. King then began to use that knowledge, coupled with his own experiences, to help a number of high profile artists and executives deal with highly delicate personal issues caused by alcohol and/or drug abuse. He made a more recent low-key return to music promotion when handling concerts by Rod Stewart, Sir Tom Jones, 'Simply Red' and 'Westlife'. Paul King died in London on October 12th 2015, after a four year battle with cancer. He was 63.
c.1951 - 2015 - English - United Kingdom
Posted: 25th October 2015
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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