As the lover of Elton John in the early 1970s, John Reid witnessed the arrival of one of the world’s greatest entertainers. As John’s manager for 28 years, Reid had a fortune that he would often be like John, reportedly grand on trinkets, travel, clothes and homes.
Reid is prominently featured in the big-screen musical fantasy Rockman, starring Taron Egerton as John and Richard Madden as Reid Madden. (Reed was also portrayed by Queen and Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018 due to the management of the British rock group in the mid-seventies.)
Reid says that when John asked him to become a manager he was ‘not enthusiastic.’
Born on September 9, 1949, Reid grew up in the Scottish city of Paisley, which takes Glasgow east. The son of a welder and a shop worker, he attended Stow College in Glasgow for a short time before striking for London in 1967.
Entered the music business at the age of 18 as a promoter of EMI. By the age of 19, he was in the U.K. Temla was managing the Motown label for, and it was at a Christmas party that 21-year-old Reed met 23-year-old John.
Their professional partnership would last for 28 years when Reid was going to stratospheric heights for John’s career, often due to the artist’s alcohol and drug use, marriage and divorce in his personal life, Renault Blaule, forging on to his partnership And because of the continuity, there were deep injuries. Lyricist Bernie Tupin, sues, and loves Lost and Found.
“When I met Elton, I was not even aware of his potential,” Reid said in Scotland’s Daily Record. “I have never claimed to have found him. In fact, when he suggested that I should manage him, I was not excited.” When Reed accepted John’s job at Dick James Music as manager The couple were already living together.
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His first sexual encounter is depicted in Rockman, with John U.K. At the film’s premiere it is said that when he and Reid tore their clothes in the film, it happened. It was in San Francisco. “John also revealed that she was a virgin by then. I was desperate for love, desperate for a strained relationship. ”
Their relationship as lovers lasted from 1970 to 1975. It was one of the most popular musical periods for John as he delivered several international hits including “Your Song,” “Daniel,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Rocket Man”. His personality grew on and off and his outfits became more flamboyant. “The giant leap in style was coming to an end,” Reid has said of the period. “He would leave one day with brown hair and return the next day with pink.”
According to Reid, the relationship ended because Elton had never “had a sexual adolescence. He needed to go off the field and play, which he did with gusto … there was no drama.”
After their relationship ended, Reid remained John’s manager
Both became wealthy over decades due to John’s recordings and successes. Both individuals spent big on sports cars, boats, jewelry, and property, with Reid allegedly owning several homes at one point. Reid managed the queen from 1975 to 1978, as well as other acts including Bros, Kiki Dee, Lionel Richie, Billy Conline and Michael Flatley.
Although it was not public knowledge at the time that the two were lovers, as a couple they made headlines in the seventies. Reid was sentenced to one month in New Zealand prison in 1974 for knocking a journalist to the nightclub floor.
He was also arrested in 1979 in San Francisco after arguing over a waiting car parked outside for John, killing the hotel doorman with his cane. The next day after John’s wedding at Blaul in Sydney, Australia, in 1984, Reed allegedly beat up another journalist.
Like John, Reid would struggle with drugs and alcohol and was investigated at the same recovery clinic in 1991 when John became somber in 1990. Elton called me regularly. But unlike John, Reid will continue to struggle with alcohol.
John says that Reed cheated him financially and sued his former manager
Commercially, their relationship ended in 1998, the same year that John’s auditors discovered a difference of £ 20 million in their accounts.
Two years later they would be facing each other in court, this time with Andrew Hayden, director of John Suiting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and John Reid Enterprises, on the sides claiming negligence and breach of duty. “I never thought he would cheat me but he cheated on me.”
The “Crocodile Rock” singer was reported by Reed to be £ 3.4 million in a court settlement before a court ruling against John.