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John Reid (music manager)

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Name  John Reid
Siblings  Robert Reid
Parents  Betty Reid, John Reid
Education  St Mirin's Academy
Role  Talent manager

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John Reid is a Scottish manager and music industry figure, currently living and working in Australia.


Early life

Reid was born in Paisley, the son of John Reid, a welder, and Betty, a supermarket worker. Apart from three years in New Zealand, he was brought up in Gallowhill. He attended St Mirin's Academy, where he was a fellow pupil of singers Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, and Stow College in Glasgow, where he studied marine engineering. After a failed attempt to launch a band with his brother Robert, a painter and decorator, he moved to New Zealand and then London.


Between 1975 and 1978, Reid was the manager of British rock group Queen.

For 28 years he was Elton John's manager. During the first five years, they enjoyed an intimate relationship. Their professional relationship ended over a leaked letter from his accountants detailing Reid's spending, which was found by Benjamin Pell and published in the Daily Mirror. The ending of their business relationship in 1998 led to a legal action in 2000.

Reid was a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor alongside Mark Holden and Kate Ceberano. He did not return for the revived second season in 2010 and was replaced by Guy Sebastian.


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