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15 May 2008

Unforgettable People (XX): Bob Halley

"Sir Elton John has launched a massive legal battle against his business manager of 30 years Bob Halley". When eltonites read this headline on the papers, we have a surprise.

Bob Halley, born on November 9, 1947, began working for Elton as his driver in 1974, and over that time, he has acted as personal assistant, director of operations, and business manager, and developed a close friendship, specially when Bob joined Elton on tour in the 80s. They started doing drugs together, and also both together, they decided to stop the drug use: Elton in Chicago and Bob in England.

But this wasn't the first time Elton has taken an aide to court: in 2000 he filed a High Court battle against ex-manager John Reid, after claiming Reid had mishandled his business affairs.

It was Bob Halley's idea, after years of attending to John's needs on the road, to develope a sitcom for ABC inspired by the turbulent lives of himself and his contemporaries like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Freddy Mercury, and David Bowie.

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