Entertainment world reacts to the death of Peter Stringfellow

Stringfellow's long career in the nightclub industry included booking such acts as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix

Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77, his spokesperson has confirmed.

The so-called ‘King of Clubs’ built up a reputation in the nightclub industry over a number of decades after he opened a slew of venues across the world – including his eponymous “gentlemen’s club” in London’s Covent Garden.

Stringfellow’s early career in Sheffield saw him book such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix at his clubs, though he later moved away from putting on normal music nights as he expanded his businesses in the 1980s.

A spokesperson for Stringfellow confirmed his passing this morning (June 7), revealing that he’d kept his battle with cancer a secret.

“It’s very sad news,” Matt Glass said. “He passed away in the early hours of this morning. It was kept very private, he didn’t want to tell. He wanted to keep it a secret.”

Figures from the entertainment industry have been paying tribute to Stringfellow, including BBC DJ Tony Blackburn, who tweeted: “He was a terrific guy who lived life to the full and was a wonderful person to be with. He was always full of fun and, to me, was a big part of the 60s and 70s.”

See a selection of the tributes to Stringfellow below.