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Henry Crallan (1950–2015)

The Miloco founder and former production manager for Queen and Elton John has died aged 65

Henry Crallan, the founder and owner of Miloco and a former production manager for The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Queen and Elton John, has died aged 65.

Crallan, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, passed away on 22 March at his home in Brighton.

Crallan established Milo Music in 1984 with Queen bassist John Deacon, and named the Hoxton Square studio after Milo Minderbinder, the war profiteer from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22. Its motto was “What’s good for you is good for Milo”.

“Miloco as a company is a true reflection of Henry as a person,” comments Nick Young, managing director of the studio management company, which won the grand prix award at the 2014 Pro Sound Awards (see Miloco Group to receive Grand Prix at Pro Sound Awards 2014) in recognition of its remarkable success. “It has always had a no-nonsense attitude. Henry’s support both of the staff and the company cannot be stressed strongly enough. Henry never ran Miloco for commercial gain. Although there were many opportunities to realise his investment, he never did because he was so proud of what we have achieved and how many people rely on both Miloco’s services and employment.

“We […] intend to be able to continue to grow the company as would have been his wish, and will greatly miss his continued guidance and words of wisdom.”

In recent years, Crallan had overseen Miloco’s expansion into new business areas, including studio design/construction company Miloco Builds and Miloco Gear, which buys and sells pro-audio equipment. He remained an “exceptional talent at building stages quickly and effortlessly”, says Young, and continued to work for Elton John until his retirement in late 2013.

Crallan is survived by his wife, MJ, and children. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Martlets Hospice.