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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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