Gary Kurfirst, who managed such acts as the Ramones, B-52's, Eurythmics, Jane's Addiction and the Talking Heads, died Jan. 13 while on vacation in the Bahamas. He was 61.

The cause of his death was unknown at deadline.

Kurfirst began his career in 1967, opening New York's Village Theater, which hosted legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, Janis Joplin and others. In 1968, at the age of 21, Kurfirst produced the New York Rock Festival at the Singer Bowl in Flushing Meadow Park. The event featured acts including Hendrix, the Doors, Joplin and the Who.

"Gary was brilliant in his ability to spot changes in music ahead of most people and had the courage to act on his instincts," Sire Records founder Seymour Stein said in a statement. "Gary was tough, but not cut-throat in business. He could fight hard, but fair and never held grudges. Gary had great style."

In 2002, Kurfirst and Chris Blackwell opened music companies Kurfirst-Blackwell and RX Records.