British record mogul COLIN BURN, who worked with the Rolling Stones, THE Beatles, The Supremes and THE Beach Boys, has died at the age of 76.
Burn enjoyed a 25-year career with EMI, peaking as General Manager of its pop division, during which time he worked with the label's biggest named acts.
After quitting EMI in the early 1980s, Burn landed a job working with the Rolling Stones, before retiring from the music business.
Confirming his death, friend and former colleague Paul Watts tells Music Week, "Sadly, I have to report the death on October 19 of Colin Burn at the age of 76.
"Colin, who spent about 25 years with EMI Records through their most successful post-war years, was one of that generation of record company professionals that shepherded the business from the days of the Fifties era crooners, through the birth of rock 'n' roll to the successive revolutions provided by the Beatles, Motown, psychedelia, bubblegum, glam rock and punk. They all came alike to a hardened veteran like Colin, at heart a natural promotion man, who took on the mantle of general management, without ever being entirely comfortable with the corporate manoeuvring that went with it."
The cause of Burn's death is as-yet-unknown.