Dan Cleary, Former Personal Manager for Olivia Newton-John, Dies at 89


Dan Cleary, a booking agent and personal manager who represented the likes Nat King Cole, Oli Newton-John and the Carpenters during his half-century in the music industry, has died. He was 89.
Cleary died natural causes July 8 in Los Angeles, his family announced.

A native Chicago, Cleary started his career in the late 1940s as a booking agent with Music Corporation America, then the largest talent agency in the world.

He came to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to join General Artists Corp., then served as head the personal appearance departments at Creative Management Associates and then ICM, which was formed in 1975 in a merger between CMA and International Famous Agency.

Along the way, Cleary repped Cole and The Carpenters as well as Patti Page, Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

Cleary left the agency business in the late '70s to become a personal manager for Newton-John, The O'Jays, The Commodores, Ronnie Milsap, John Farrar, Natalie Cole and others.

He produced a 1978 ABC special that showcased Newton-John and featured appearances by Lynda Carter (as Wonder Woman), Tom Bosley and Lee Majors. The Australian songstress also starred in the movie Grease that year.

During the Korean War, Cleary was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and coordinated entertainment for the troops.

Survivors include his wife 42 years, Celia; children Daniel, Patricia, Kevin, Colleen, Mary, Bridget and Josh; and grandchildren Riley, Dylan, Aidan, Oli, Patrick, Cailey, Kaden and Violet.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. on Aug. 9 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.