THE WHO: Former Manager Dies
Chris Stamp, who along with the late Kit Lambert, managed The Who in the '60s until 1975, died Saturday from cancer at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 70.
On stage Saturday at their show in Detroit, Roger Daltrey said without Stamp they "wouldn't be the band we were," adding that he "flew into the universe on a pair of rainbow wings. Chris, we can never thank you enough -- well, I can't, for what you brought to my life."
Stamp was born in London and it was while he was a filmmaker at Shepperton Film Studios that he met Lambert. They met the High Numbers in 1963 when they working on a film about rock music in England. They eventually bought out their manager, Peter Meaden, changed their name to The Who and helped develop their over-the-top stage act that ended each night with the destruction of their instruments.
Stamp and Lambert also formed Track Records, which oversaw releases by Jimi Hendrix, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Golden Earring. Stamp also had production credits on a number of Who albums including Magic Bus, Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia and the Tommy movie soundtrack. The Who ended their contract with them in 1975. Lambert died from a brain hemorrhage in 1981. Stamp went on to become a therapist, specializing in psychodrama treatment and addiction counseling in New York. He is survived by his wife, Calixte, two daughters and several grandchildren.