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Promoter Bob Peyton dies
BY GARY T. KUBOTA / email@example.com
Hawaii events promoter Bob Peyton helped to produce scores of successful entertainment shows in Hawaii and brought a number of big-name acts to the state.
Unfortunately, he will be forever remembered as the promoter of the “Stevie Wonder Blunder” — the bogus concert last year that had University of Hawaii officials losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, his friends said.
Peyton died Thursday morning at Castle Medical Center after a prolonged illness and complications from diabetes. He was 66.
Robert Vance Peyton was born March 4, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. As a liberal arts major and son of a New York attorney, Peyton decided to attend the University of Hawaii, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, said his wife, Marie.
Marie Peyton said her husband, head of Bob Peyton Entertainment Corp. and BPE Productions Inc., helped to promote a variety of events including ballet, boxing and rock concerts and did numerous shows featuring top entertainers, including B.B. King, Johnny Mathis, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Ray Charles and ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Friends said Peyton was also involved in helping to promote music festivals at Diamond Head Crater in the 1970s.
“He really cared about music,” said his friend Alfredo Villegas. “He really cared about having people entertained.”
Peyton worked as promotions manager for entertainment promoter Tom Moffatt for several years, helping to produce a number of shows in the 1970s and 1980s.
Moffatt said the shows included a Stevie Wonder concert and a Chicago concert, both at Aloha Stadium.
The Chicago concert was rained out over the weekend, but luckily the band was able to stay in Hawaii and play the concert several days later.
Moffatt remembered receiving a picture from Peyton of an elderly woman with a caption that read, “I was a young girl when I came to see Chicago.”
Graphic artist John Harmon said Peyton was able “to make things happen,” adding, “He thought big. He dreamed big.”
Harmon said Peyton had a strong personality but also a nice side and would pay him a bonus for a good job.
Friends said Peyton should be remembered for all the concerts he helped to produce, including two Wonder shows.
“I want them to remember all the good things he did, all the joy he brought to people, how hard he worked,” said his former sister-in-law, Marcia Linville. “He was a really great guy.”