have paid tribute to their former manager Chris Stamp
, who died of cancer on Saturday (November 24), aged 70.
At a concert in Detroit on Saturday night, Roger Daltrey
called Stamp a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were
,". He added: "Chris, we can never thank you enough - well, I can't, for what you brought to my life
Stamp first met the band in 1963 with his business partner Kit Lambert
when they were filming a documentary about the British rock scene. The pair later became The Who's co-managers.
In 1967, Stamp and Lambert launched their label Track Records, releasing Jimi Hendrix
's single "Purple Haze
" and album "Are You Experienced?
Stamp also worked on the production for The Who's 1968 LP "Magic Bus
" and is also credited as executive producer of "Tommy
", "Who's Next
" and the soundtrack for the 1975 "Tommy" rock opera.
In the mid-1970s, Stamp and Lambert split with The Who and moved Track Records to New York, where they produced records for the soul group Labelle
. Lambert died after suffering a brain hemorrhage in 1981, and Stamp entered rehab in 1987, later re-training as a therapist, NME
A message posted on the band's website said the loss was "hard to bear
" and that tributes would follow.