The Rolling Stones’ first manager Giorgio Gomelsky dies at 82

He also managed The Yardbirds

Giorgio Gomelsky, an early manager of The Rolling Stones, has passed away.

Soviet Union-born Gomelsky passed away from cancer on January 13 at the age of 82.

Gomelsky owned London’s Crawdaddy Club, where The Rolling Stones were the house band. He managed them until being replaced by Andrew Loog Oldham in 1963.

Having fallen out with the band after parting ways, Gomelsky said in a 2013 New York Times interview: “They’d been seduced by the ‘American Dream’ of making a lot of money playing music in incredibly bad conditions like stadiums.”

Gomelsky also managed The Yardbirds, helping the group secure their first record deal in 1964.

After moving to New York later in his life, he went on to discover post-punk band D-Generation.

The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, are reportedly gearing up to work on a new album.

It’s been 10 years since the band’s last studio album, ‘A Bigger Bang’ in 2005.