Marty Thau Dies

Marty Thau, 75, former manager of The New York Dolls and founder of Red Star Records, reportedly died of complications from renal failure in Petersburg, Va., Feb. 13.

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"Syl started playing that groove and we just kind of fell in. Todd came in and taped it. We thought ‘that sounds good,’ and decided to hang on to it.”

Thau was an early insurgent in the punk rock scene and early supporer of acts like The Ramones, Blondie, The Fleshtones and Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and managed Suicide, according to the Roanoke Times.

He managed a young Tony Orlando, who was married to his cousin.

He also worked with Van Morrison and “Mama” Cass Elliot.