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Alan Callan

Swan Song UK Vice-President (1977-1983)

Callan first met Jimmy Page in 1968, the year that Led Zeppelin was formed. Callan was pursuing a career in the arts producing short films, writing, and photography.

While running Swan Song, he oversaw several releases on the label and was behind the efforts to sign John Lennon and Vangelis.

Since Swan Song, Alan went on to develop the international media company CPMA Group. He used his entertainment skills to build a portfolio of media-based sports rights that today have become some of the world's most watched properties. Callan has directed and/or promoted The European PGA Championship, The Scottish Open Golf Championship (which he founded, along with Harris Muir), the Rugby World Cup, the 1993 World Chess Championship, and several other leading sports properties.

He was asked to give the eulogy at Peter Grant's funeral in 1995.

Nearly forty years on, he is still good friends with Jimmy Page and since returning to work has helped Jimmy reorganise his business affairs and encouraged him to start playing again. Whilst he claimed no part in the Led Zeppelin reunion he did say he was delighted to see that Led Zeppelin were again at the forefront and that if he had done anything it was to encourage Jimmy to start playing again after a period of musical inactivity in which Page had concentrated on overseeing the superb Led Zeppelin DVD. Also since returning to work, Callan has acted as an adviser to the PGA European Tour and a number of other businesses before working with a team from CERN laboratories (that now work in the private sector) to develop advanced systems for distributing digital content with an underlying intelligent technology that ensures everyone who uses the system can track all the commercial activities deriving from copyright use.

Mr. Callan passed away on June 3, 2014 after some lengthy health issues.

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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