Promoter Alex Cooley Dies In Florida

Alex Cooley, a legendary concert promoter who made his base in Atlanta but was a nationwide fixture, died Dec. 1 in Florida, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was 74.

Cooley made his first mark in the business with the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1969, which drew a reported 120,000. The second edition, according to Cooley’s biography, drew 500,000. He continued promoting concerts until his death.

He and Peter Conlon when it reopened after a $6 million renovation. He also entered a partnership to purchase landmark in Decatur, Ga.

Cooley was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1987, and received the NARAS Heroes award in 2004..

He was one of several “heritage” promoters who gave interviews for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which can be found  here.

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