Deep Purple’s former manager, Tony Edwards, has passed away at the age of 78. Edwards managed the band from 1967-1976 and was pivotal during their early achievements — even when the band was still known as Roundabout.
Former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore recently commented, “With deepest respect — and with great sorrow — we honour Tony Edwards. Tony was the man behind the scenes for Deep Purple. He was instrumental to the existence and sustenance of the band and its music from its inception to present day. Tony’s insight and intuitiveness were unparalleled in the music business. He will be thought of often and missed greatly. Without Tony Edwards there would be no Deep Purple.”