Music industry agent and promoter Steven Cooper, who during his career worked with a diverse lineup of artists including Natalie Cole, Charles Aznavour, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Gladys Knight, died suddenly on August 5th following a recent illness. He was 76.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Cooper started his career at ICM in New York city, and also ran Fox Theater in St. Louis in the early 1980s. Making his way to Los Angeles, he established his career as a booker and promoter, and among the shows he worked on were “Legends of Rock n Roll LIVE” in Rome with Jerry Lee Lewis, bringing Disney On Ice to South Africa, and Julio Iglesias’ first South African tour. Cooper also organized the hip hop event Russia with Ice Cube, in Moscow. Other artists he worked in over the years include Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and James Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, his daughters Rhonda Gilberg, Alyssa Cooper Sapire, his son Daniel Johnson, step-daughter Yunan, and his brother, producer Bob Cooper, as well as his grandchildren.