East Hampton resident, psychotherapist and an early manager of legendary rock band The Who, Chris Stamp died at 70 in Manhattan on Saturday, November 24.
Stamp maintained a private practice in East Hampton and loved the East End, particularly Sag Harbor, his family told The New York Times.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor.
He was born in England and worked in theater as a prop man with his older brother, actor Terence Stamp, who introduced him to the business. He discovered The Who, then The High Numbers, with Kit Lambert in the 1960s and managed them until 1974. He was also executive producer of Ken Russell’s 1975 film Tommy, The Who’s rock opera about a young pinball savant.
Stamp created independent record label Track Records and produced many of The Who’s albums, early albums and singles by Jimi Hendrix and the hit song “Radar Love” by Golden Earring.
Stamp is survived by his wife of 33 years and fellow psychotherapist Calixte, as well as three daughters from his previous marriage—Sally Burgess, Annie and Rosie—and six grandchildren.
He was a Reiki master and trauma specialist and a ordained nondenominational reverend in the order of “The Sanctuary of the Beloved,” according to The New York Times. Stamp practiced Buddhist meditation and holotropic breathing, and he went on silent retreats every year.
While performing in Detroit recently, The Who’s Roger Daltrey shared his love for Stamp with his audience, remarking that Chris “flew into the universe on a pair of rainbow wings.”
Stamp’s family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Chris Stamp Memorial Fund to benefit the Wolf Mountain Santuary, PO Box 385, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356.