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Promoter Alan Bloom Dies

BETHESDA, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Promoter and manager Alan J. Bloom died on Jan. 18 of lymphoma at the age of 72.

Bloom, along with his partners, the Feld brothers, was considered to be a pioneer in the early days of touring rock bands, promoting and managing acts such as Bill Haley and His Comets, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers among others.

In 1956, the Feld brothers took over management of the Ringling Bros. and then bought out the company in 1966. Circuses had been declining in popularity and the brothers oversaw the transition from tent shows to the more fiscally-viable indoor arenas. Bloom took over marketing and helped to revitalize the touring circus business with innovative promotions.

Bloom was an aficionado of "high living" with a reputation for enjoying fine wines, good cigars and haute cuisine.

Bloom parted ways with Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld Productions in 1996 and pursued several projects with his son.

Bloom is survived by his wife, Susan Friedenberg Bloom, a brother, two sisters, four children and seven grandchildren. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers