SPRINGSTEEN PROMOTER MAGOVERN DIES

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The Asbury Park Press is reporting the death Monday of Frank ‘Terry’ Magovern of Rumson, an early friend, fan and supporter of Bruce Springsteen and other Asbury Park musicians.

From the story:

In the 1960s and ’70s, Magovern managed bars and booked bands in nearby beach towns, including D’Jai’s in Belmar, the Riptide in Point Pleasant Beach and the Captain’s Garter (later the Headliner) in Neptune. In the early ’80s, Magovern managed Big Man’s West in Red Bank, a club owned by E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

Magovern worked with Springsteen in myriad capacities, on tours and in the studio, but was most often described as a personal assistant to Springsteen. On the liner notes to Springsteen’s 1995 album, “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Magovern is credited for “research.”

Magovern also worked with Clarence Clemons during the saxophonist’s time with the Red Bank Rockers.

Neither Magovern’s age nor the cause of his death was given in the report.

Magovern’s fiance, Joan Dancy, died in 2005 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and he became an advocate for patients with the disease. Last December, Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera and other big-name local rockers played a fundraiser at the Count Basie Theatre for PALS, a charity Magovern had formed.

And in June, Jackson Browne gave a fundraising concert for the charity at the Two River Theatre, where he was joined onstage for two songs by Springsteeen, according to Springsteen’s MySpace page (registration required).

On July 1, Magovern was featured in the Press for helping raise $183,000 from Shop-Rite and its customers. He was also involved with Holiday Express.

From the Press:

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St. Arrangements are by Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank.

Memorial donations can be made to the Joan Dancy & PALS Support Group, Riverview Medical Center, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ, 07701.

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