Robert Stigwood, whose productions help define an entire era died at 81 in London. Stigwood’s office gave no details about the death cause.
Born in Australia, Stigwood became the manager of British rock band Cream with legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Stigwood was also the group manager of the three Gibbs who formed the Bee Gees.
Stigwood made the movie soundtrack production of Saturday Night Fever. The movie’s disco rhythm was famous in the world and became the unofficial theme of the late 1970s, inspiring waves of parties, clothes, and nightclubs.
Saturday Night Fever and Stigwood’s other hit movie, Grease, made unknown actor John Travolta into a superstar.
Working with Stigwood in Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, composer Andrew Llyod Webber called him the great showman.
He will be missed.