John Reid (music manager)

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John Reid is a Scottish manager and music industry figure, currently living and working in Australia.

Early life

Reid was born in Paisley, the son of John Reid, a welder, and Betty, a supermarket worker. Apart from three years in New Zealand, he was brought up in Gallowhill. He attended St Mirin's Academy, where he was a fellow pupil of singers Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, and Stow College in Glasgow, where he studied marine engineering. After a failed attempt to launch a band with his brother Robert, a painter and decorator, he moved to New Zealand and then London.[citation needed]


Between 1975 and 1978, Reid was the manager of British rock group Queen.[1]

For 28 years he was Elton John's manager. During the first five years they enjoyed an intimate relationship. Their professional relationship ended over a leaked letter from his accountants detailing John's spending, which was found by Benjamin Pell and published in the Daily Mirror.[2] The ending of their business relationship in 1998[3] led to a legal action in 2000.[4]

Reid is best known as a former judge on the Australian version of The X Factor alongside Mark Holden and Kate Ceberano. He did not return for the revived second series in 2010 and was replaced by Guy Sebastian.[citation needed]


  1. "Turning raw talent into TV stars". The Age. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Steve Boggan "Hacker stole secrets of stars from dustbins", The Independent, 14 March 1998.
  3. Pierre Perrone "Arts: Sorry seems to be the hardest word", The Independent, 13 May 1998
  4. "Leaked letter 'enraged' Sir Elton". BBC. 4 December 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>