RIP Allen Klein

I have a few words to say about Allen Klein who passed. You have to be a person of a certain age to know the name, and also to understand just how much Allen accomplished in his life. It just takes a few words to say that Allen managed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the same time but it’s hard to find a corollary to that accomplishment in the current music business.

But what I most remember Allen for was his avuncular kindness to me when kindness wasn’t required and how much he cared for the legacy of Sam Cooke. People will say a lot of things about how tough and nasty Allen was, and God knows that was certanly true if you crossed him. But he was also a solid records man and will be missed.