A colourful member of the UK music business, Gaff guided the careers of Rod Stewart and John Mellencamp. He entered the industry as a member of Robert Stigwood’s staff in the early 60s, becoming a manager with the Herd in 1967. Three years later, Gaff took on the career of Stewart, who had recently left the Faces. He set up Stewart’s solo recording contracts with Mercury Records and in 1975 with Gaff’s own Riva label. Riva had less success with Gaff discoveries Phil Thornalley and the Lewis Sisters. In 1977, he signed Mellencamp to Riva, publicizing the US artist with a major advertising campaign in the London area. During the 70s and early 80s, Gaff was also involved with the careers of Long John Baldry, Status Quo, Air Supply and Rory Gallagher. In 1986, Gaff became majority shareholder of London’s famous Marquee club, moving it to a new site in Charing Cross Road.
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