Bill Curbishley

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Bill Curbishley
Birth nameWilliam George Curbishley
Born (1942-03-13) 13 March 1942 (age 82)
Occupation(s)Producer, manager
LabelsTrack Records

William George Curbishley (born 13 March 1942, London)[1] is an English music and film producer and band manager. He has managed English rock groups The Who and Judas Priest, as well as artists Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.[2]


Curbishley was one of six children born to a London docker and his wife. He is the older brother of ex-West Ham United and Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley,[3] and grew up near West Ham Station in London. He married Jackie Curbishley, but the couple later divorced. He then remarried and had two children.

During the 1960s, Curbishley served a prison term for armed robbery of a bank van, though he denied involvement in the crime.[4]

Curbishley owns a London home and a villa in Spain.[citation needed]


Curbishley started his career in the music business in 1971 at Track Records,[5] managing tours for The Who and other artists such as Thunderclap Newman, Golden Earring and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.[6] Curbishley produced The Who's film Tommy, the prison movie McVicar and also the film Buddy's Song, all starring The Who's Roger Daltrey. With Daltrey, he also established the Goldhawke production company to issue the singer's solo albums.[7] Curbishley left Track in the mid-seventies after financial issues led to the decline of the company. With his wife Jackie, he established Trinifold Management Ltd., a music management company, in 1974.[8]

After a royalty dispute, Curbishley's company acquired management of The Who in 1976[9] and soon expanded to manage other well-known artists such as Judas Priest and Robert Plant.[6] It was at the suggestion of Curbishley that Plant disbanded his Shaken 'n' Stirred touring ensemble in the mid-1980s, starting afresh with a completely new band and writing with different musicians. As a direct result of this, Plant re-emerged as a hugely successful recording and touring artist.[10]

In 1994, Curbishley assumed management of guitarist Jimmy Page, and in the same year, was integral in the reuniting of Page and Plant, both former members of Led Zeppelin. Despite failed attempts by others to reunite the pair, Curbishely was able to persuade the previously reluctant Plant to work with Page again, resulting in the highly successful Unledded album, video and world tour. During this period, Curbishley and Trinifold also managed the solo career of Francis Dunnery (former frontman of It Bites, and Plant's guitarist prior to his reunion with Page).[11]

Trinifold Music has published songs recorded by many other artists including Chicago, Kenny Rogers, Atlantic Starr, Karyn White, Faith Hill and Kenny Chesney.[12] In 2004, UB40 and Rachel Fuller were added to Trinifold's roster. In 2001, Curbishley served as the executive producer of a BBC1 documentary on the life of Reggie Kray.[13]

In 2002, Trinifold was acquired by The Sanctuary Group, but Curbishley continued to manage the company.[14] He later embarked on more film production projects, including films such as The Railway Man.

Producer filmography[edit]

Selected films include:


  1. ^ "A lot of artists in the old days were bullied. And I hate bullies". Music Business Worldwide. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ Membery, York (17 February 2019). "Bill Curbishley: I left $7,000 in a diner — I won't get fooled again". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ "How green is Curbishley's Valley?". The Independent. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ Deans, Jason (22 March 2001). "BBC Kray film". Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  5. ^ Wilkerson, Mark (28 October 2009). Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend. ISBN 9780857120083.
  6. ^ a b "MahirQQ: Situs Judi PKV Games Domino QQ BandarQQ Online Terpercaya". Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Neill, Andrew; Kent, Matthew; Daltrey, Roger (2009). Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978.
  8. ^ "About Us".
  9. ^ Atkins, John (1961). The Who on Record: A Critical History, 1963-1998.
  10. ^ Thompson, Dave (1 September 2014). Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781617136153.
  11. ^ "Francis Dunnery". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Trinifold Music Ltd". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ Deans, Jason (22 March 2001). "BBC Kray film". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ "£21m deal sees Curbishley's group seek Sanctuary". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  15. ^ "The Who manager Bill Curbishley launches Trinifold Sports Management". 30 March 2021.


  • Dave Lewis and Simon Pallett (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 138.

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