Chris Stamp, one of the original managers of The Who, died of cancer on Saturday. He was 70.
The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Stamp the night he died at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, calling him a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were," according to Billboard. Daltrey went on to say that Stamp "flew into the universe on a pair of rainbow wings. Chris, we can never thank you enough — well, I can't, for what you brought to my life."
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Stamp not only co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert, but also co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive produced most of its albums and films starting in 1968, reported BBC News. He was responsible for helping to launch the career of Jimi Hendrix as well.
Born in London into a family of six, Stamp had an early interest in filmmaking and met Lambert while the two were working as assistant directors at London's Shepperton Studios, said Variety. Hoping to make a short film about the city's burgeoning rock scene, the pair focused on the High Numbers, a quartet they saw perform at London's Railway Hotel in July 1964. They acquired the management rights to the band from Peter Meaden and soon urged the members to change their name to The Who.