Giorgio Gomelsky – Georgian-born manager of Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin
10 February, 2016
Giorgio Gomelsky – Georgian-born manager of Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin
The mad genius behind The Rolling Stones and Yardbirds ,famous film maker, impresario, music manager, songwriter and record producer, Giorgio Gomelsky who died at the age of 81, January 13 in New York, was born in Georgia. During his lifetime he had worked with famous rock groups such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds, Gong and Soft Machine.

He was born in Tbilisi, in 1934 and in 1938 his family moved via Syria and Egypt to Swirzerland, where Gomelsky’s
father had been trained as a doctor. At the age of 10 Gomelsky got interested in Jazz and in 1948 he moved to London where he filmed several documentaries about Jazz musicians.

Later, in the early 60s, Gomelsky opened a music club called Crawdaddy near London, where the Rolling Stones gave their first concerts. Gomelsky was their manager and later he got interested in Yardbirds, where Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin played at the time. Under the pseudonym of Oscar Rasputin, Gomelsky wrote a song for them, called Got to Hurry.

Apart from that, Gomelsky organized concerts for Jimmy Page’s new group, when Page insisted that Yardbirds change its name to Led Zeppelin.

The Guardian recalls him as a man who played an important role in the British blues and R&B boom of the early 1960s. In France  he helped to nurture a new progressive rock movement, and in New York in the late 70s he was a catalyst for a new wave of experimental rock, the popular British publication notes.

In 1967, Gomelsky founded a new record label, Marmalade Records. In the last years of his life, he worked as a radio DJ. Towards the end of his life he was living in his ramshackle Chelsea studio, The Red Door, an underground scene that still drew musicians for sage advice from the musical guru Gomelsky.

Giorgio Gomelsky and "The Yardbirds": Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Eric Clapton and Keith Relf, circa 1965
geotv.ge

Giorgio Gomelsky and Mick Jagger, "Rolling Stones"

geotv.ge

Giorgio Gomelsky, Eric Clapton and Lord Ted Willis at Willis' country house
geotv.ge
Print
Other Stories
Jvari Monastery reopened
Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta has been reopened.
Jvari Monastery closed for tourists
Jvari Monastery is temporarily closed for tourists.
Anita Rachvelishvili recognized as the best Verdi mezzo-soprano by Riccardo Muti
The New York Times has recently published an article about Georgian opera singer Anita Rachvelishvili.
Georgia to be a guest of honor in Paris in 2021
According to the director of the National Book center in Georgia Dea Metreveli, Georgia was offered to be a guest of honor at the annual book event in Paris in 2021.
Unknown painting of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani uncovered in Georgia
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani is among the most famous Georgian public figures.
Georgian opera singer Anita Rachvelishvili crowned as best classical music artist by the New York Times
In its end-of-year review about the best classical music of 2018, the newspaper frenetically celebrates Anita Rachvelishvili from Tbilisi.
Niko Pirosmani’s Georgian woman with Lechaki sold for 2 230 000 GBP
Niko pirosmani’s painting Georgian woman with Lechaki was sold at Sotheby’s for 2 230 000 GBP.
Nikortsminda Cathedral renovation works to finish successfully
Nikortsminda Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox Church, located in Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia.
Georgian film “8 Minutes” wins 10 nominations on FICOCC
Georgian film “8 Minutes” became the winner for the 10 nominations on the Five Continents International Film Festival.
Ajika granted the status of an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia
The traditional Megrelian and Abkhazian technology of Ajika, Georgian spicy sauce was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia list.
Mountains, cheese and the colors of the national flag – these are the most obvious things that the two small countries share. But there is more to it.
Claudio Margottini about Vardzia
Vardzia is a cave monastery in Samtskhe-Javakheti. Queen Tamar ordered the construction of Vardzia in the twelfth century.
International Model United Nations to be held in Tbilisi
For the first time In Georgia, International Model United Nations, organized by Kant’s Academy, will be held in Tbilisi.
Charity project COATS to help 369 vulnerable children
The 9th Community Outreach Project COATS 2018 will be hosted by Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel on Sunday, November 18th, 2018
“We try to make Georgia and its culture better known to the Swiss people”
The Swiss based society “Friends of Georgia” celebrates this year its 30 anniversary.
London hosted Qvevri Wine Festival
London hosted Qvevri Wine Festival on the 8th of November.
Shota Rustaveli among the world's top 30 writers
Shota Rustaveli is among the top 30 writers on www.ranker.com
Rituals related to wine-making in old Georgia
In old times, wine cellars used to be considered as a sacred place where certain rituals took place.
Niko Pirosmani paintings in Vienna, in the Albertina Museum
The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria has organized a solo exhibition of the works of Niko Pirosmani.
The Fourth Official Ceremony of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards
On December 17, 2018 Rustaveli Theatre will host the most remarkable event of the Tourism and Hospitality industry of Georgia
Mtatsminda Panthenon – a necropolis of great Georgians
Mtatsminda Pantheon is a necropolis in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The portrait of the Georgian King Teimuraz II returns to Homeland
The portrait of the King Teimuraz II belongs to the collection of Bagrationi Dynasty
Georgian song Suliko performed at the Frankfurt Buchmesse 2018
Georgia was granted an incredible title this year.
Representatives of Georgian wine companies assess Georgian Wine Festival 2018
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 gives unique possibility to around 50 companies to present their wine to hundreds of Georgians and tourists.
PHOTO OF THE DAY

Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
19.01.2019
20.01.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6629
2.6629
EUR
1
EUR
3.0368
3.0368
GBP
1
GBP
3.4463
3.4463
RUB
100
RUB
4.0103
4.0103