December 18, 1931 – July 4, 2009
Allen Klein was a record company executive and powerful artist manager during the 1960s. Known as a ruthless businessman, many artists benefited from his abilities to get them better record deals and higher royalties. His client list included Bobby Darin, Herman’s Hermits, Sam Cooke, and most famously, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. His relationships with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles would eventually sour, ending in lawsuits. Some Beatles fans reportedly blamed tensions caused by Allen for driving the band apart. Allen Klein died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 77.