Saturday, October 30, 2010

Remembering Robert Fitzpatrick

In memory of and with respect for Robert Fitzpatrick, one of the great men of music, who managed The Buckinghams in the late 1960s, during the time we released 'In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow'. He passed away October 23rd after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

Bob was formerly partners with Robert Stigwood, in their firm Stigwood-Fitzpatrick, where they managed Cream and the Bee Gees. When The Buckinghams selected him as their manager, his credentials were indeed sterling. Bob had been the attorney for The Beatles in the 1960s, and he also represented rock acts including The Rolling Stones and The Who, plus he also represented Miss Peggy Lee, Taj Mahal, and actor Don Johnson.

In his early years, Bob worked his way through Princeton University and, as a member of the Marine Corps, he attained the rank of Captain and served in Vietnam. His legal education was obtained at UCLA Law School, where he earned an LLB and JD degrees, specializing in entertainment law throughout his career. Bob had most recently been President of the Eclecto Groove record label and he'd had his own firm, The Robert Fitzpatrick Organization for most of his career.

Bob was our manager in the final stages of our career in the late 1960s, and we were proud to have him be a part of our musical heritage. His civic activities included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of RADD, Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving.

We extend our sympathy to his family upon his passing, and are grateful that we had the opportunity to be associated with this talented industry executive.

--Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna

A full tribute to Robert Fitzpatrick was printed in Variety:

From the Archives of Music Preservation, Bob shares a few memories about The Beatles: