APA Managing Partner Troy Blakely Passes Away

Troy Blakely
Courtesy of APA

Troy Blakely

The rock 'n' roll music veteran was 68.

Agency for the Performing Arts Managing Partner Troy Blakely passed away Saturday after a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 68. 

“All of us at APA are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Troy Blakely,” says Jim Gosnell, President and CEO of APA, to Billboard in a statement. “We will be forever grateful for the numerous contributions he made to the success of our company over the past 25 years. He will be dearly missed.”

A native of Detroit and the son of a steel worker, Blakely got his start in 1969 as the tour manager for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, working with Creem magazine Barry Kramer who was managing the band at the time. In 1972 he was offered a gig as agent for Diversified Management Agency where he represented everyone from Ted Nugent to Iggy and the Stooges, as well as acts like MC5, Nazareth, Scorpions and Sammy Hagar.

In 1981 he went to work at ICM and signed Red Hot Chili Peppers, Poison, Faith No More, Alice in Chains and the Black Crowes and served as the responsible agent for RushOzzy OsbourneIron Maiden and Robert Plant.

He joined APA in 1994 and slowly climbed the ranks, first as head of music, and then as partner in 2002 and then managing partner in 2005. Throughout his career at APA, he continued to sign acts including Robert Plant, Fleetwood MacHeartThe Go-Go'sLenny Kravitz and Judas Priest.

Troy Blakely is survived by his beloved wife Kelly Blakely, parents Grace and Albert Blakely, sister Bonnie and Mike Bellanger, brother Tim and Josie Blakely, his son Troy Jr., his grandson Sam and his dog, Rocko. Funeral services will be private, with a memorial planned for a later date.


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