Allan Anthony LaMagna of Pined died Dec. 24, 2006, after more than a decade-long battle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy.
He was born Sept. 29, 1946 in Chicago, Ill. to Louis and Rose LaMagna.
He began his career in Chicago where he worked with local bands and promoters to erect the first stage and produce the first huge rock 'n' roll concert at the Coliseum in Chicago. He also designed the first revolving stage for a rock show for the first concert at Soldier Field.
At the age of 26, he became the road manager in charge of the Bee Gees road tours and between those tours, he managed the stage play, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
He moved to Arizona in 1974, and went on a world tour with the Bee Gees. After becoming Andy Gibbs' manager, he moved to Florida, and finally, moved back to Arizona, where he bought a feed store in Show Low. After two years of living in the mountains, he moved to Phoenix and started anew in the audio-visual business and married his wife Julie in 1983.
After working for other companies for seven years, he started his own, Cactus Productions, and continued to produce videos for the next ten years.
After the video of the Bee Gees for the Millennium Celebration, he retired to Pine, Arizona, but still worked, producing videos for the Gibbses and a tribute to Joe Nossek, bench coach of the White Sox. Besides the Gibbs brothers of the Bee Gees, he also worked with Burt Bacharach and Eric Clapton, and invented the Magna Stacker for video projectors. He also worked with UNICEF.
Allan LaMagna was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Rose LaMagna. He is survived by his wife, Julie LaMagna; son, Jim (Marvi) LaMagna; grandson, Noah LaMagna; brothers, Dennis and Rene LaMagna, and their wives; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, special friends and caregivers.