The maestro was accompanied by an attractive young woman who, as his ‘personal manager’, planned to do most of the talking. There were times when it was hard to stop her, especially as she had a very long ‘shopping-list’ of extravagant demands. Would I sue various record companies, especially one based in Japan, for issuing pirate copies of his records? Would I provide two first-class airline tickets to any destination in the world, so that he could try out a Steinway piano if one came to his attention? If he were happy with any piano, would I purchase it on his behalf? Advance fees, royalties and the normal fare of a record contract were hardly mentioned at that point.