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Robert Stigwood

  • Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Birthday: April 16
Date of passing: 
January 04, 2016

Robert Stigwood was a music manager and producer, best known for having managed the Bee Gees and Cream, and for producing the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and 1978’s Grease.

Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as a Brooklyn teenager who lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, featured a two-LP soundtrack, most of which was written by and featuring the Bee Gees. The hit movie helped Stigwood transition from music into film and television production.

He also produced Grease 2 and the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive, as well as the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees), The Who’s Tommy, and Evita, starring Madonna. Additionally, he produced Bugsy Malone, Gallipoli and Moment by Moment.

In addition, he served as a producer on the television movies Traitor’s Gate, Cucumber Castle and Virginia Hill, as well as the television specials The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song and The Bee Gees Special.

Robert Stigwood was a music manager and producer, best known for having managed the Bee Gees and Cream, and for producing the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and 1978’s Grease.

Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as a Brooklyn teenager who lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, featured a two-LP soundtrack, most of which was written by and featuring the Bee Gees. The hit movie helped Stigwood transition from music into film and television production.

He also produced Grease 2 and the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive, as well as the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees), The Who’s Tommy, and Evita, starring Madonna. Additionally, he produced Bugsy Malone, Gallipoli and Moment by Moment.

In addition, he served as a producer on the television movies Traitor’s Gate, Cucumber Castle and Virginia Hill, as well as the television specials The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song and The Bee Gees Special.

The Adelaide, Australia, native gained career momentum in 1961, when he began representing singer-actor John Leyton. The actor performed a song on the U.K. television show Harpers West One, which became the chart-topping hit “Johnny Remember Me.” Stigwood continued to produce Leyton, and later picked up The Who and Cream as clients, followed by fellow Aussies the Bee Gees in 1967.

In the late 1960s, Stigwood began working in theater, including overseeing productions of Hair, Oh! Calcutta!, The Dirtiest Show in Town, Pippin and Sweeney Todd.

He died January 4, 2016, in London, England. He was 81.

 

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