Tributes have been paid across the music industry to artistic director David Enthoven, who died at the age of 72.
The veteran executive and co-founder of the London-based management firm ie: music began his career managing King Crimson and T. Rex in the late 1960s, but it’s his long-standing association with the British singer Robbie Williams that Enthoven was the best. known for representing the pop star throughout his 20 year solo career.
“My friend, mentor and hero passed away today. David Enthoven, I love you. RIP,” tweeted Williams, who has sold 70 million albums worldwide, including 11 UK issues and owns the world record for most concert tickets sold in a single day (1.6 million) for his 2006 world tour.
My friend, mentor and hero passed away today. David Enthoven I love you RIP x
– Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) Aug 11, 2016
New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke, also represented by ie: music, called Enthoven a “dear friend” who “has been a real beacon to me over the years.”
My manager and dear friend David Enthoven passed away today. He has been a real beacon for me over the years, I will miss you David X
– LADYHAWKE (@ladyhawkeforyou) Aug 12, 2016
These sentiments were echoed throughout the industry with Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. remember himself as a “lovely man” who was “passionate about supporting musicians”, while the BPI labels trade body noted he had “made an enormous contribution to British music”.
Enthoven’s began his career in the late 1960s, co-founding the management company and label EG Records with John Gaydon. The duo enjoyed early success with English rock band King Crimson and went on to represent T. Rex, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Roxy Music. Enthoven mortgaged his house to finance the recording of the now legendary In the court of the crimson king.
Famous, it was Enthoven, educated by Harrow, who advised Marc Bolan to shorten his group’s name to T. Rex because he could not spell Tyrannosaurus. He is also credited with encouraging Bolan to stand up when performing rather than sit cross-legged on stage, as he did in the band’s first incarnation.
After leading many of his clients to fame and fortune on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 1970s, the next decade saw Enthoven’s life take a turn as he battled drug addiction before. to make a successful comeback in the industry.
In 1992 he founded ie: music alongside former Island Records manager Tim Clark, the duo quickly making the company one of the UK’s most successful management companies. Williams has always been her star client, but the couple have also helped guide the careers of Sia and Bryan Ferry, with their current roster including Lily Allen, Lamar, Passenger and Will Young.
“David will be remembered as a true friend, an exemplary colleague, a helpful mentor and a truly exceptional human being,” the Music Managers Forum (MMF) said in a statement.
“His tenacity in the fight for artists’ rights is a legend”, Clark Recount The mirror.
“He pricked the pompous, had a nickname for everyone but was so generous and kind too. What is much less known is the unwavering help he gave to those who had taken a self-destructive path, to for whatever reason, he’s been quite selfless in this regard.