Veteran talent agent Kenneth DiCamillo, who worked for many years at WME in its New York City office and recently started his own Ken DiCamillo Agency in Oyster Bay, New York,, died Nov. 14 after suffering a stroke about a month ago, according to his family. He was 67.
Affectionately known simply as “Kenny D,” DiCamillo over the course of his career worked with such legends as Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Patti LaBelle, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Regis Philbin and many more.
DiCamillo leaves his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Brianna as well as long list of clients and friends, including industry colleagues who, like Micone Entertainment Group founder Ed Micone, date their relationships – and friendships – with DiCamillo back decades.
“I met him when he and Bobby Brooks were concert chairman at St John’s [University in Jamaica, Queens],” Micone says. “Then, Bobby came here to work with me at ICM. But Kenny graduated and went to William Morris. Everybody loved him. He’s one of those guys that people always respected and one of the good guys” [Brooks is the late CAA agent who died in a 1990 airplane crash with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and for whom Pollstar’s Booking Agent of the Year is named.]
Agent Steve Martin, of Paladin Artists, is another colleague with a long history and friendship with DiCamillo.
“I met Kenny in 1989,when I joined WMA,” Martin says. “From the very beginning,he was generous,funny,smart and kind. Kenny always lit up a room with a personality that was bigger than he was and a heart that was even bigger. I have a Kenny size hole in my spirit now. We had a friendship for over 30 years that I cherished. He will be warmly remembered and greatly missed.”
DiCamillo’s work touched not only the music world, but the theatrical side of the live coin as well.
Jared Shahid, executive director of Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, paid tribute to DiCamillo as well, saying,“You can tell how loved Kenny was because the entire business is talking about his passing. Even if they didn’t know him personally, they all know his name.
“‘Uncle Kenny’ as he was known in our office, just had that way about him – he was instantly likable. He was kind, funny, and caring, and he was honest – a rare trait in this business. I always took his calls, in part because hearing, ‘My brother, my brother’ invariably made me smile, but also because he was invested in my success (and absolutely didn’t have to be) and was always there to offer up an idea or connect me to someone.
“I loved booking shows together, and I’m so grateful to have known him. I hope he’s watching football and yelling at a TV wherever he is now.”“
Visitation will be at Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, New York on Friday. Funeral mass will follow at St. Dominic RC Chapel, Oyster Bay, NY on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to the Tilles Center’s Arts Education Program.
Camillo is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and daughter Brianna.