Tom Werman came from an admittedly "preppy" background in Boston private schools. Always a musician, he taught himself guitar and played in a high school folk group. He reputedly played with a pre-fame Hendrix and turned down an audition with Brian Epstein. After receiving an M.B.A. from Columbia, Werman worked at Gray Advertising in New York for a year before writing to CBS for a job. After three months of interviews, Werman met with the legendary Clive Davis, who had just hung up with Dylan's manager and was working late into the night with two secretaries. Davis appointed Werman to be the assistant to the A&R director at the fledgling subsidiary Epic. Werman signed REO Speedwagon, but was denied KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush. After the subsequent success of those acts, Werman confirmed his knack for money talent by signing Boston. A ...
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