December 28, 2008

Rock band manager Prager dead at 79

Music executive Bud Prager, who once managed the rock groups Foreigner and Damn Yankees, reportedly has died in Montauk, N.Y., at the age of 79.

The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday the Windfall Records co-founder was crucial in expanding the label with partner Felix Pappalardi into the Windfall Music Enterprises music empire.

Among the label's more notable bands was Mountain, which earned fame with its hit Mississippi Queen and an appearance at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

In addition to helping manage Damn Yankees and Foreigner, Prager helped foster the careers of West, Bruce & Laing, Whitesnake, Megadeth and the Youngbloods.

The Reporter said prior to his death of esophageal cancer Monday, Prager was ESP Entertainment president and also a board member of the royalty recovery service, MRD.

No survivors were reported.