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Music mogul Davison dies aged 89

Harold Davison, the music impresario who introduced Frank Sinatra to European audiences and helped bring British rock to America, has died. He was 89.

His publicist, Danielle Marie Owens, said that Davison died of congestive heart failure in Palm Springs, California.

London-born Davison was a talent agent, manager, producer and executive during a career that began at the end of the Second World War.

He was the first to book concerts in the UK and continental Europe by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby.

In the rock 'n' roll era, Davison was a strategist for the British Invasion, launching acts such as the Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five on the American scene.

Ms Owens said Davison also played a key role in the merger of EMI and Capitol Records.

Davison was married to British singer and television star Marion Ryan until her death in 1999. He is survived by three children and several grandchildren.

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