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Andrew Loog Oldham

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Andrew Loog Oldham (born January 29, 1944 in Oran, Algeria) is an English rock and roll producer, impresario and author. He was best known as the manager of The Rolling Stones in the 1960s, taking a flamboyant style inspired by his role model and friend Phil Spector.

A celebrated and self-proclaimed hustler who spent teenage summers swindling tourists in French resort towns, Oldham’s interest in the emerging British pop culture of the 1960s and the Soho coffeehouse scene lead to odd jobs working for Carnaby Street mod designer John Stephen and later as an assistant in Mary Quant’s shop.

He then became a press agent for several British and American rock’n’roll singers, as well as producer Joe Meek (then pushing Magic Star, the vocal version of Telstar) and found himself doing some London PR work for Brian Epstein, who was still working out of Liverpool trying to push the Beatles’ career nationally.

He was then tipped off by a journalist friend to check out a young R&B band called The Rolling Stones and almost immediately (with business partner Eric Easton) took over their management duties from promoter Giorgio Gomelsky. The band soon signed a record deal with Decca, whose interest was sparked when George Harrison recommended the Stones to A+R head Dick Rowe, also known as “The Man who Turned down the Beatles.”

Notable Oldham moves that helped propel the group included:

* Ownership of master tapes, which Oldham would then lease to Decca (a trick picked up from Spector);

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