Legendary music manager and impresario Dee Anthony, who guided the careers of artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton and Peter Allen, died Oct. 25, 2009, in Connecticut. He was 83 years old.
During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Anthony was a seminal figure in the music industry, whose managerial skills helped pave the way and set new standards for rock music. He first gained major prominence when rock `n' roll began to take off during the mid-1960s.
Anthony led the charge in the United States by introducing to the American audience a host of fledgling young British rock bands, such as Traffic, Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, Free, Spooky Tooth, Mott the Hoople, Savoy Brown and King Crimson, breaking them into headliner status as well as establishing many of those artists in the pantheon of rock.
Anthony, a long-time resident of Southport, started his career as a personal manager in the music industry in the 1950s, working with a young Jerry Vale, a neighborhood friend. In 1954, Anthony met singer Tony Bennett at a Yonkers nightclub and went on to represent Bennett for well over the next decade.
In 1968, Anthony, with his brother Bill, founded Bandana Enterprises, a global management company that sheparded the careers of artists such as Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, The J Geils Band, MC5, Ten Years After, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
But it would be Anthony's management of musician Peter Frampton that would cement his legendary status in the music industry. Anthony first met Frampton while managing Humble Pie, of which Frampton was a member. When Frampton left the band to pursue a solo career, Anthony continued to manage him, helping to launch one of the most successful solo careers of the 1970s.
The double album, "Frampton Comes Alive," would shatter industry records, eventually selling more than 14 million copies worldwide. Anthony would also receive praise from his industry peers, being named "Billboard Manager of the Year" in 1976 and 1977.
During the 1980s, Anthony continued to manage music artists, including Peter Allen, Basia, and Devo. He retired from the business in the mid-1990s.
Anthony, born Anthony D'Addario, grew up in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine force. During his three years of service, he was decorated with three medals -- the Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the American Theater Medal. Anthony then returned to New York City, opened a luncheonette and followed his passion for show business.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie; four daughters, Michele, Marla, Vanessa and Jessica; two brothers, Bill Anthony and Bobby D'Addario; sister, Tina Cursio; and six grandchildren, Jack, Charlotte, Olivia, Joey, Dylan and Chase.
Anthony's daughter Michele has carried on the family business. During her career, she became the highest-ranking female record company executive as the president and COO of Sony Music. Currently, she is a music industry consultant, whose clients have included Pearl Jam, Bjork, Macy Gray, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Prince.
A visitation will be held today, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., both at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dee Anthony's name may be made to "Wounded Warrior Regiment," C/O Charitable Organizations, 3025 John Quick Road, Quantico, VA 22134.
CATHERINE (KAY) BLANCK
Born in New York, the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine Leykamm, she had been a Fairfield resident for 57 years. She was a retired employee of the General Electric Co.
Blanck was one of the founding parishioners of St. Pius X Church. She loved spending her time completing crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her son, Mike Blanck of Greenville, N.C., and five nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Frank Leykamm.
Calling hours were held Sunday in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial took place Monday at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment followed in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield.
To offer an online condolence, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com
Robert C. Wilson, 64, a resident of Norwalk for more than 30 years, died Oct. 24, 2009, in his home.
He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Oct. 24, 1945, son of the late Robert C., Sr. and Elizabeth Harvey Wilson.
He retired in June 2006 after 37 years as an educator. His retirement came earlier than he had planned due to a diagnosis of lung cancer in July 2005.
Wilson graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from The Catholic University of America and an M.A.T. in English from Wesleyan University. He also did graduate studies at Fordham, Fairfield and Oxford universities.
Most of his teaching was in Connecticut public schools. For 18 years, he taught in Brookfield, where he also served as department chairman as well as the district curriculum and staff development specialist for English. He taught at Greenwich High School for 11 years. There, he was also the program administrator for English.
For more than 10 years, he was a consultant and a popular workshop presenter with the Connecticut Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a teacher-training initiative. He was also one of its associate directors and an adjunct professor in English and education at Fairfield University.
Over the years, he held leadership positions in local, state and national organizations. He was active in the community as a past chairman of the Rowayton Civic Association, a past chairman of the St. John Church Parish Council and a current board member and vice president of the English-Speaking Union, Greenwich branch. He also served as an ambulance driver with the former Rowayton EMS.
Professionally, he is a past president of the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and was an elected board member of the Council on English Leadership of the National Council of Teachers of English.
He enjoyed international travel and had friends around the world. Some of his other interests included photography, genealogy and Rensselaerville, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sarah "Sally" L. (Dawson) of Rowayton; his daughter, Rebecca of Greenwich; his sons, Brendan of San Francisco, and Timothy and his wife, Angela of Rowayton; as well as his brother, William Wilson and his family of Staten Island, N.Y.; his sisters, Sr. Patricia Wilson, SC, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Kathleen Buxton and her family of Toms River, N.J.; and many loving friends and colleagues, especially his devoted companion, Hajime Ogawa.
Visiting hours took place Tuesday in Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall St., from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held today, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. from the parlor, from which the funeral cortege will proceed to Saint John Parish Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Xaverian Brothers, 4409 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21229; or to The Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk Hospital, 24 Stevens St., Norwalk, CT 06850.
To send a condolence to the family, visit www.norwalkfh.com
Arlene E. Philip, 86, a lifelong resident of Fairfield and Southport, wife of the late William Philip, died Oct. 23, 2009, in the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital.
A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, she also enjoyed activities with her friends at the Fairfield Senior Center, gardening and various crafting and painting projects.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Budds and her husband, David, of Fairfield; Bradford Philip and his wife, Margaret, of St. Louis, Mo.; Christopher Philip, and Parker Rogers, of Southport; Pamela Philip, and Jane Bensel, of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, Rory, Hayden and Gabriel Budds, and Shanleigh and Sean Philip; one sister, Lorraine Kowalsky of Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Theresa Finer Donnelly; one sister, Helen Quinn; and one brother, Leroy Donnelly.
Calling hours will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m., in St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arlene Philip's memory may be made to The Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT 06890.
To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com