Veteran U.K. music executive Mike Gill died Sept. 18 in London of a heart attack. He was 56.

Veteran U.K. music executive Mike Gill died Sept. 18 in London of a heart attack. He was 56.

Gill's career in the music business began when he took a role working for publicist Keith Goodwin. In the early '70s, he set up his own PR company, Mike Gill Associates, based in Wardour Street in London. He later became managing director of GM Records, the label formed by artist manager Billy Gaff, whose clients included the Faces and Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Rory Gallagher. GM artists included Tim Hardin and Lesley Duncan.

Gill subsequently headed Riva Records, the U.K. imprint established by Gaff for Stewart through Warner Bros. Records. Riva ran from 1975-82, and released such Stewart No. 1 albums as "A Night On The Town" and "Blondes Have More Fun."

More recently, Gill served as a consultant to PolyGram and Universal on the Dusty Springfield catalog. "Her catalog has been reissued in so many forms," says Vicki Wickham, who was Springfield's longtime manager, "that I was always in awe that Mike could keep track. He was knowledgeable, professional and, most important, fun. As recently as a few weeks ago, he was trying to put Dusty's Albert Hall video and matching CD into production."

The funeral is scheduled to take place next Monday (Oct. 4) at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium in Manor Park, London.