Bill Curbishley

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Bill Curbishley
Birth name William George Curbishley
Born (1942-03-13) 13 March 1942 (age 72)
Occupations Producer, manager
Labels Track Records
Associated acts The Who
Judas Priest
Jimmy Page
Robert Plant

Bill Curbishley (born 13 March 1942, London) is a music and film producer and band manager, best known for his work with English rock groups The Who and Judas Priest, as well as artists Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Life[edit]

William George Curbishley was one of six children born to a London docker and his wife. He is the older brother of ex-West Ham United and Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, and grew up near West Ham Station in London. He married Jackie Curbishley, but the couple later divorced. He then remarried again, and had two children.

During the 1960s, Curbishley served a 15 year prison term for armed robbery of a bank van, though he denied involvement in the crime.[1] In 2000 he acted as one of the pall-bearers at Reggie Kray's funeral.

Curbishley owns a London home and a villa in Spain.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Curbishley started his career in the music business in the early 1970s at Track Records, managing tours for The Who and other artists such as Marc Bolan, Thunderclap Newman, Golden Earring and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.[1] Curbishley produced The Who's film Tommy, the prison movie McVicar and also the film Buddy's Song, all starring The Who's Roger Daltrey. With Daltrey, he also established the Goldhawke production company to issue the singer's solo albums.[2] Curbishley left Track in the mid-seventies after financial issues led to the decline of the company. With his wife Jackie, he established Trinifold, Ltd., a music management company.

After a royalty dispute, Curbishley's company acquired management of The Who in 1976[3] and soon expanded to manage other well-known artists such as Judas Priest and Robert Plant.[1] It was at the suggestion of Curbishley that Plant disbanded his Shaken 'n' Stirred touring ensemble in the mid-1980s, starting afresh with a completely new band and writing with different musicians. As a direct result of this, Plant re-emerged as a hugely successful recording and touring artist.

In 1994 Curbishley assumed management of guitarist Jimmy Page. He was integral in the reuniting of Page and Plant, both former members of Led Zeppelin, in 1995. Despite failed attempts by others to reunite the pair, Curbishely was able to persuade the previously reluctant Plant to work with Page again, resulting in the highly successful Unledded album, video and world tour.

Trinifold Music has published songs recorded by many other artists including Chicago, Kenny Rogers, Atlantic Starr, Karyn White, Faith Hill and Kenny Chesney. In 2004 UB40 and Rachel Fuller were added to Trinifold's roster. In 2001 Curbishley served as the executive producer of a BBC1 documentary on the life of Reggie Kray.

In 2002 Trinifold was acquired by The Sanctuary Group, but Curbishley continued to manage the company. He later embarked on more film production projects, including films such as The Railway Man. He is currently co-producing a film about the life of Keith Moon with Roger Daltrey.

Producer filmography[edit]

Selected films include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bill Curbishley (Producer) thewhomovie.com
  2. ^ Neill, Andrew; Kent, Matthew; Daltrey, Roger (2009). Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978. 
  3. ^ Atkins, John (1961). The Who on Record: A Critical History, 1963-1998. 
  • Dave Lewis and Simon Pallett (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 138.