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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 5370
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Tito Burns

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British jazz musician and bandleader, most famous for his later days as a show business agent and impresario, heading up Tito Burns Productions.

When Cliff Richard’s personal manager, Franklyn Boyd, was fired in December 1958, Burns, who had disbanded his orchestra in 1955, took over the young star, his first big signing. One of his first acts was to sack Cliff’s best friend Terry Smart, who was replaced as The Shadows’ drummer by Tony Meehan. During his three-year tenure as Cliff Richard’s manager, Burns introduced him to the tailor Dougie Millings. The distinctive off-white suit Millings designed for Cliff led to commissions from other big pop names such as the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Beatles, for whom he designed the shiny round-necked stage suits that became their hallmark in 1963. 

After he took on the Liverpool pop group The Searchers, there was talk of Burns joining forces with the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, but the rumoured merger never materialised. The Searchers complained that Burns worked them too hard, and it was said that another of his pop acts, the Zombies, lived up to the name on account of being permanently exhausted. He fared better when the Rolling Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, invited Burns to act as the group’s agent in 1965.

Burns also discovered Dusty Springfield.

During some 30 years as an agent, Burns promoted concert tours for many top international acts including Simon and Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Julie Felix, Cat Stevens, George Shearing, Peter, Paul and Mary and comedian Victor Borge.

This is a fine signature in black ink on a vintage 1950s album page (4.5" x 3.5"). In very good condition. SCARCE.