Simon Napier-Bell (born 1939) has been a film composer, songwriter, record producer, and author, but most of all he is known for being a rock manager. Amongst the artists heís managed are The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, T Rex, Japan, Asia, CC Catch, Ultravox, Candi Staton, Boney M, and Wham!
In the 60s he co-wrote the song You Donít Have To Say You Love Me which went to number one sung by Dusty Springfield and was also covered in the early 70s by Elvis Presley.
He has written three best-selling books about the music industry: You Donít Have To Say You Love Me, about the music business in the 60s; Black Vinyl White Powder, a history of the British music industry; and Iím Coming To Take You To Lunch, about taking Wham! to Communist China in the 80s, the first Western pop or rock group ever to play there.
These days he's both CEO of Snap-B Media & Music Group and a non-executive director of Papa Entertainments, a British PLC. He has just completed a new book, Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay, a history of the business of popular music from its first beginnings in 1710 until today, which will be published by Unbound Books in June 2014.