Johnny Marr pays tribute to late Smiths manager Joe Moss: ‘Without him there would be no Smiths’

Moss has passed away following a battle with cancer

Johnny Marr has paid tribute to The Smiths‘ former manager Joe Moss, who has passed away at the age of 72.

Moss managed the Manchester band from their very first shows until late 1983, parting ways with the group around the release of ‘This Charming Man’ and on the eve of their first US tour.

Moss went on to manage Haven and Marion. He reunited with Marr in 1999 and worked as his manager until his death this week.

“Joe was a one off, an amazing person and totally unique,” Johnny Marr said in a statement.

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“He started looking after me when I was 17; it was Joe who put the idea in my head to go and knock on Morrissey’s door. He invested his time and money in us when no one else wanted to know, and his belief in us kept us going.”

“Without him there wouldn’t have been any Smiths. He was an original beatnik and a true bohemian, respected by all. Everyone who met him loved him; he can never be replaced.”

Moss died following a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sarah and his children David, Rachel, Ivan, Stella and Edie.