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Swan Song UK Vice-President (1977-1983)

Callan first met Jimmy Page in 1968, the year that Led Zeppelin was formed. Callan was pursuing a career in the arts producing short films, writing, and photography.

While running Swan Song, he oversaw several releases on the label and was behind the efforts to sign John Lennon and Vangelis.

Since Swan Song, Alan went on to develop the international media company CPMA Group. He used his entertainment skills to build a portfolio of media-based sports rights that today have become some of the world's most watched properties. Callan has directed and/or promoted The European PGA Championship, The Scottish Open Golf Championship (which he founded, along with Harris Muir), the Rugby World Cup, the 1993 World Chess Championship, and several other leading sports properties.

He was asked to give the eulogy at Peter Grant's funeral in 1995.

Nearly forty years on, he is still good friends with Jimmy Page and since returning to work has helped Jimmy reorganise his business affairs and encouraged him to start playing again. Whilst he claimed no part in the Led Zeppelin reunion he did say he was delighted to see that Led Zeppelin were again at the forefront and that if he had done anything it was to encourage Jimmy to start playing again after a period of musical inactivity in which Page had concentrated on overseeing the superb Led Zeppelin DVD. Also since returning to work, Callan has acted as an adviser to the PGA European Tour and a number of other businesses before working with a team from CERN laboratories (that now work in the private sector) to develop advanced systems for distributing digital content with an underlying intelligent technology that ensures everyone who uses the system can track all the commercial activities deriving from copyright use.

Mr. Callan passed away on June 3, 2014 after some lengthy health issues.

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Led Zeppelin History

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February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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