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Anyone on this Great Led Zeppelin Forum ever heard of the person named Robert Stigwood and his contribution to American and British Pop Music?

Wow, where have you been Robert Stigwood has been a huge name in the music game since the 1960s. You must be really young.
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Anyone with a halfway decent record collection will likely have a plethora of records with the RSO red cow label, particularly if you were into collecting OSTs. "Star Wars", "Saturday Night Fever", "Grease", "Fame"...all of these were originally released on RSO records. As were the mid-to-late 70s records by Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees and Andy Gibb and the like.

Then, Robert Stigwood and RSO crashed and burn with the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie debacle...one of the supreme unmitigated disasters in pop culture history. Nearly everyone associated with this turkey suffered career ruin.

Before he started the RSO label, Robert Stigwood was involved with a lot of artists you probably like if you're a Led Zeppelin fan: Cream, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton...and the Bee Gees, who were a fairly good pop group before being transformed by the disco craze in the 70s.

Robert Stigwood, along with the considerable help of Joe Meek, are credited by many for changing the calcified ways of the British music industry in the early-60s. So, he was indeed an important figure in the history of rock and roll.

Still...that damn Sgt. Pepper's movie. :rolleyes:

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