Music Giant Who Helped Launch the Most Successful Musicians Of All Time Dies at 66

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June 18, 2018Jun 18, 2018

On Monday, June 18th, the sad news was revealed that music giant Billy Sammeth passed away over the weekend. The successful former music manager died at the age of 66 following a battle with cancer. 

Sammeth was one of the most prominent managers in recent years, as his clients were chart-topping superstars. He started his own organization, The Billy Sammeth Organization, in 1983. According to TMZ, his first clients at the organization were Cher, Olivia Newton-John, and Adam Bowen. 

He got his start in the entertainment industry by writing press releases for Donny Osmond and The Osmond Brothers. By 1973, Sammeth was working full-time for Sandy Gallin, one of the most prominent managers in that day. Gallin represented several stars including Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Michael Jackson.

Sammeth's successful client list continued to grow beyond those previously listed and included Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Donny Osmond, and KC and The Sunshine Band. When he began his own agency, he took Cher,  Rivers, and Newton-John.

The music manager rose to even more fame in 2010 but under less desirable circumstances. He sued Rivers after she won "Celebrity Apprentice." He claimed that her portrayal of him as a "missing manager" was inaccurate and potentially harmful to his career. The case never went to court. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the music manager died at New York- Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center following a "long illness." He died after battling pancreatic cancer. 

After the news of his death emerged, several stars reached out on social media to share their condolences: