Bill Reid, 84, in England. Before his primary career as a music promoter began in the early 1960’s he was a double bass and tuba player with various jazz bands in England including Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen, with Ginger Baker on drums. He also played with Ken Colyer and with the Alex Welsh Band. He toured with Louis Armstrong in Europe.
Early in his career as a rock promoter, he booked The Beatles for their first show outside of Liverpool. He went on to run several famous venues and promoted for The Who, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones. His clubs in are remembered as an incubator of the Punk Rock scene. He was also a farmer who restored wildflower meadows and served as Joint Master of Foxhounds for a notable British hunting society.