The Talented M. Despallières

He says he’s an Internet entrepreneur and claims his wealthy spouse died of natural causes. His accusers say he’s a con man and a murderer
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Rock stars loved Peter Ikin. P.I., as everyone in the music business knew him, was as close as it gets to an Australian Clive Davis. A gregarious, world-traveling executive for Warner Music, he brought major acts like Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Rod Stewart to Australia. In 1983 he co-founded Australia’s annual music awards show, the ARIA Awards, and got Elton John to emcee. Billboard called him one of the “chief architects” of Warner Music’s Australia business.

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