Peter Grant, 60, manager of hard rock groups Led Zeppelin...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 23, 1995

Peter Grant, 60, manager of hard rock groups Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and influential in the careers of dozens of other acts, died Tuesday of a heart attack in London. He also had managed the Yardbirds and worked with Gene Vincent, Little Richard, the Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry.

"Peter Grant will be remembered as the man who single-handedly turned rock music into a global business," said his spokeswoman, Judy Totton. "He was the foundation stone of the modern music industry."

The London native took Chuck Berry to Great Britain from the United States and was one of the first proponents of the global touring circuit for performers -- with performers keeping up to 90 percent of the gate. He moved to Led Zeppelin with Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page and managed the superstar group in the 1960s and 1970s. He retired in 1980, when Led Zeppelin disbanded with the death of drummer John Bonham.

Clark Thorp Randt, 78, the first director of life sciences for NASA, died Sunday in Greenwich, Conn., after a long illness. His study of weightlessness in space led to his appointment by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1960.

Laila Murad, 77, one of Egypt's best-loved singers and actresses who was known in her heyday as "the Cinderella of Arab cinema," died Tuesday in Cairo of heart failure. She starred in 28 films.

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