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Steve O'Rourke

1st October 1940 - 30th October 2003

Steve O'Rourke, one of the most important and respected backroom figures in the music industry, has died aged 63.

Born in Willesden, London, Steve O'Rourke trained as an accountant but was soon drawn to the music industry, joining the Bryan Morrison Agency as a junior agent and bookkeeper. Morrison managed The Pretty Things, The Incredible String Band, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Fairport Convention & Pink Floyd.

O'Rourke assumed the day to day-today running of Pink Floyd in 1968 at a time when the BMA management arm was bought by NEMS, a company originally set up by Brian Epstein & owned by the Beatles. He left NEMS in the early 1970's, starting his own company EMKA Productions, named after his two daughters Emma & Katherine. As well as handling Pink Floyd's day to day activities, he also managed the solo careers of individual Floyd members Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason & Rick Wright.

Always living life to the full, he had a lifelong passion for motor racing and ran his own EMKA racing team. On October 1991 he joined Gilmour & Mason on the road to run the La Carrera Pan-Americana a repeat of the legendary car race held in Mexico in the early fifties. However, his greatest racing success came when co-driving in the gruelling Le Mans 24-hour race.

Highly regarded in both the music and motor racing worlds, O'Rourke was an active supporter of charities. He was trustee of The Music Sound Foundation & of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Steve was twice married and leaves two daughters and three sons.

 

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