EXPIRED: 10/25/09 – Dee Anthony, 83, was born Anthony D’Addario in the Bronx and began a 40-year music-managing career representing neighborhood friend Jerry Vale in the 1950s and later worked for crooner Tony Bennett.
Then he moved into a different territory and became the manager-to-beat for rock acts such as Traffic, Jethro Tull, the J. Geils Band, Joe Cocker, the MC5, Ten Years After and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
But he’s best known for his highs – and lows – with Peter Frampton. They began working together when Frampton was just a guitarist for Humble Pie. Anthony helped break the band by touring the US constantly.
When Frampton quit, he stayed on with Anthony as manager and kept touring, eventually putting out the album that made him big in America, “Frampton Comes Alive!,” recorded live and selling more than 6 million copies in the states. It stayed at #1 for 10 weeks and had 3 Top 20 hits.
It was – by all accounts, the album to beat: something Dee Anthony himself could not do.
His next steps for Frampton, a quick follow-up album chock full of ballads called “I’m In You”, and a role in a slap-dash, Hollywood movie based on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which starred the Bee Gees (the antithesis of rock at the time) sealed the deal. Frampton was over and so was Dee Anthony’s rise.
In the 80s Mr. Anthony worked with Devo, Basia and Peter Allen, and he retired in the mid-’90s.