Tom Watkins, the song manager who helped launch the careers of the Pet Store Boys and other high UK pop acts, has died on the age of 70.
In the ’80s and ’90s he guided the Pet Store Boys to a string of number ones, and additionally managed Bros and East 17.
Pet Store Boys singer Neil Tennant paid tribute, describing Watkins as „a accurate higher-than-life persona“.
Watkins additionally co-wrote Bros’s ideally suited hits – When Will I Be Infamous?, Tumble The Boy and I Owe You Nothing.
The trio turned one in all the UK’s ideally suited pop acts and headlined Wembley Stadium in 1989, although their success didn’t final beyond a third album.
No topic their song success, Watkins had advanced relationships with the performers he managed.
Matt Goss of Bros acknowledged of Watkins in 2017 that „he was as soon as one in all the trusty managers we ever labored with… but there was as soon as a compassion that was as soon as lacking“.
In Watkins‘ memoir Let’s Make Hundreds Money – named after the subtitle of 1986 Pet Store Boys hit Alternatives – he painted an unflattering convey of Bros as a personnel fervent about their hang egos.
He was as soon as equally scathing of Pet Store Boys, asserting: „They accurate developed titanic-egos and tried to make out that I had nothing to attain with their success.“
Writing on Twitter, Tennant acknowledged he and bandmate Chris Lowe had „many proper cases“ with Watkins and had been sad to learn he had died „after being in uncomfortable health for quite loads of years“.
He endured: „After Tom ceased to be our manager, I remained his buddy for quite loads of years but for numerous reasons long-interval of time friendship with Tom wasn’t doable.
„Nonetheless Chris and I will at all times be grateful for his efforts on our behalf within the early days of our occupation and we now possess many memories of fun cases with him help then.“
In the ’90s Watkins made his impress again with boy band East 17, who had 11 Top 10 singles alongside side the 1994 Christmas no 1 Defend One other Day.
Before he entered the pop world he was as soon as a dressmaker, working for Sir Terence Conran.
„I’d given up designing to organize the total bands,“ he acknowledged in 2014, alongside side that he had first trained on the London College of Furniture.
Watkins aged his assassinate talents to start XL Originate, which created anecdote sleeves for such hit teams as Wham!, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Duran Duran.
Yearning to discover help to his assassinate roots in later life, he created his hang Bauhaus-style dwelling in Pett Stage, East Sussex.
„I had this roughly yearning to aesthetically practise what I’d been taught all those years ago,“ he acknowledged.
When the home was as soon as featured on TV expose Gigantic Designs in 2004, presenter Kevin McCloud described it as a „ultimate little sugar lump“.
Watkins‘ agent confirmed to BBC Recordsdata that he died on 24 February, however the agent gave no additional particulars.