John Reid (music manager)
September 9, 1949|
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
John Reid (born September 9, 1949) is a former music manager.
Reid was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the son of John Reid, a welder, and Betty, a supermarket worker. Apart from three years in New Zealand, he was brought up in Gallowhill. He attended St Mirin's Academy, where he was a fellow pupil of singers Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan. He then attended Stow College in Glasgow, where he studied marine propulsion, but dropped out in 1969.
Reid began his music management career in 1967 at the age of 18 as a promoter for EMI. At the age of 19, he became the Tamla Motown label manager for the UK. In 1971, Reid set up his own company with a few hundred pounds in savings and a £5,000 loan. He had met Elton John, then known as Reg Dwight, at a Motown Christmas party. They moved in with each other, became lovers, and John became Reid's first client.
In 1974, in New Zealand, Reid got into a fight with a journalist at a nightclub over the lack of whisky at a press launch and was sentenced to a month in prison.
In 1994, he was the manager for Irish dancer Michael Flatley. After Flately left Riverdance and ended his relationship with Reid, Flately paid Reid approximately £1 million to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Between 1970 and 1998, he was Elton John's manager. During the first five years, Reid was also John's lover. Their professional relationship ended over a leaked letter from John's accountants detailing Reid's spending, which was found by Benjamin Pell and published in the Daily Mirror. The ending of their business relationship in 1998 led to a legal action in 2000. Reid settled out of court by paying Elton £3.4 million. Reid's company earned more than £73 million from representing John between 1980 and 1998.
Reid quit management in 1999.
In 1998, Reid sold his art collection, estimated to have been worth £2 million.
Reid currently lives in Australia.
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