Long-time Pink Floyd manager succumbs
to stroke at age 63
O'Rourke, Pink Floyd manager
since 1968, died in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 30. He was 63 and had suffered
working with the Floyd in 1968 while an accountant at the Bryan
Morrison Agency (Pretty Things, Incredible
String Band, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Fairport
Convention). The group had been dropped by its original
management firm, Blackhill Enterprises, when Syd
Barrett left the group in April '68. Bryan Morrison
Agency handled the band's bookings. After the agency was sold to
The Beatles' NEMS, the Floyd and O'Rourke left
in the early '70s, with O'Rourke forming his own EMKA Productions.
(The acronym was formed from the name of his daughter, EMma KAte.)
managed the solo careers of Floyd members David
Gilmour, Nick Mason,
and Rick Wright,
and served as executive producer of the 1982 film "Pink Floyd
He was known
as a tough, though charming, negotiator. "They wouldn't let
me into this building if I wasn't the manager of Pink
Floyd," he once quipped to a friend as they walked into
a New York record company.
with Floyd included leading the band in a lucrative move from Capitol
Records to Columbia Records in 1973, and navigating the rough waters
of the mid-1980s, when co-founder Roger
Waters left the group in a bitter split.
also an accomplished auto racer. A Le Mans veteran, he finished
11th in that prestigious race in 1986.
been married twice, and had five children.
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