THE life of one of Australia's most acclaimed music publishers will be celebrated on Wednesday at the funeral of Coramba resident John Bromell.
The award-winning Australian music executive, who led Warner Chappell's local affiliate for more than a decade, died in a car accident on Bucca Rd last Saturday.
He was 71.
Mr Bromell ran Warner Chappell Music from 1982 to 1997, and prior to that served as managing director of Rondor Music from 1975-1982.
Among the acts he signed were Cold Chisel, Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan.
"He was without doubt the best publisher in Australia before and since," former Warner Music Australia chairman Brian Harris said.
"He was a good executive. He wasn't an accountant.
"He probably had a few blues with his finance people, but he took a hell of a lot of risks and most of them paid off.
"He had a natural flair - he would always pick good artists and he always put faith in them."
Mr Bromell's interests went well beyond music publishing.
He was responsible for the original idea of a "hardship fund" to provide financial support to career musicians in tough times.
That concept went on to become the music industry charity Support Act Limited.
"John had the vision to see that musicians and roadies would find themselves in financial trouble as they aged," the national welfare co-ordinator for Support Act Ltd and drummer with the Go-Betweens., Lindy Morrison, said
"He had the drive to establish an organization that would help."
Lindy said John was a "lovely, soft man" who never stopped caring, in his last weeks even talking about how to set up a similar organization for workers in the film industry.
A passionate country music fan, Mr Bromell was a vice-chairman of the Country Music Association of Australia and in 1996 was awarded the "industry achiever of the year" accolade at the association's prestigious awards.
Many of his colleagues from the music industry are expected to attend his funeral at 2pm on Wednesday, September 11, at the Coffs Harbour Crematorium
John Bromell is survived by three children and two grandsons, including Australian representative baseball player Jason Bromell.