Chris Stamp, an early co-manager of The Who and Track Records founder passed away on Saturday, November 24 aged 70.
Stamp - who executive produced most of Track's albums and film projects starting in 1968 - died after battling cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, reports Billboard.
Born and raised in London's East End, Stamp started out as a filmmaker and worked with the late Kit Lambert on various projects.
In 1963 the duo made a film about the growing British rock scene, meeting The Who when the group was playing at the Railway Hotel. Stamp and Lambert then bought out the band and their then-manager Peter Meaden.
Track Records was started in 1966 and the duo and The Who parted ways in 1975, with Stamp and Lambert moving to New York and continuing the Track label.
The Who posted a message on its official web site calling Stamp's passing hard to bear and promising a tribute would follow. At a gig on Saturday night, Who frontman Roger Daltrey saluted Stamp as "a man without whom we wouldn't be the band we were”.
Picture: Chris Stamp with Pete Townshend.