The svengali, whose clients included Dire Straits and The Police, lost his four-year battle on Monday (12Oct15).

King was the brains behind Dire Straits' milestone 14-show, record-setting Wembley Arena run in the 1980s and mega-concerts and tours by Sade and the Sex Pistols.

He was also a co-promoter of 1990’s Live at Knebworth charity concert, which featured performances by Paul MCCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.

His heydays came crashing down a decade ago when he was found guilty of fraud in 2004. He served three and a half years in prison and was banned from being a company director, which led to bankruptcy.

But he returned the the limelight in his later years and helped promotes concerts by Tom Jones and Rod Stewart.