Scott A. Cameron
Manager (October, 1976-Spring 1985)
After the first performance of the newly formed Skafish band in February 1976, Skafish decided it was time to look for management for his new act. Calling manager after manager, Skafish was flatly turned down, often quite rudely.
Living in an apartment behind Skafish at the time was the bassist for the local group, the Hounds. The Hounds were managed by David E. Webb, and Skafish coaxed Webb's phone number from bassist John Higgerson. Although David was not interested in the act, he informed Skafish that he had a friend who just might be, a man who had managed innovative artists and was willing to take chances. That man was Scott A. Cameron.
Scott was managing blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Mighty Joe Young at the time, as well as jazz legend Stan Kenton. When Skafish first called Cameron, Scott was skeptical but interested, ultimately deciding to make the trip with David Webb and a small group of associates to Skafish's basement to see the act rehearse in the summer of 76. Greeted at the door by a female friend (dressed in full length black gown, black make-up including lipstick and fingernails,) the entourage was quietly led into Skafish's basement where he was hiding. The band members were in place (seemingly frozen in time,) when all of a sudden Skafish burst out from behind a door and the band slammed into "Executive Exhibitionist." Skafish flashed Cameron and his colleagues wearing a businessman's overcoat and a girl's tube top underneath it. Without pause, the band played number after number, each one louder and more visually shocking than the prior, climaxing with Skafish blessing everyone with holy water during a frenzied version of “Sign Of The Cross”. Cameron was naturally taken aback, but liked what he saw and heard.
In late August, Cameron listened to the just completed Skafish demo tape. He liked the tape, but was still skeptical and decided to play it for Stan Kenton. The musical intricacy and innovative harmonies of Skafish's writing impressed Kenton, motivating Stan to encourage Cameron to become Skafish's manager. Scott decided to take on the act after a few in-person meetings with Skafish, and became his manager in October 1976.
Cameron first booked Skafish on a 2-month Chicago area tour beginning on November 7. During the 2-month tour, violent and hostile audience reactions ensued, yet the Chicago press response was encouraging. Through early 1979, Cameron continued to book Skafish locally as well as nationally, often meeting with resistance and mockery, often financing the project himself. Once Skafish was recording for I.R.S. Records, Cameron focused his energies on breaking Skafish into the international market from 1979 through 1983. But by the spring of 1985, after the three week west coast Skafish tour failed to ignite new record company interest, Skafish and Cameron believed that all avenues had been exhausted, ending their working relationship on friendly terms.
In Skafish's own words, "Scott never controlled, manipulated, or diluted my creativity. He let me call the shots, advising and counseling me, but never in a domineering fashion. I appreciate Scott letting me be me."
Besides working with the above mentioned artists, Cameron has, and continues to, recover royalties and copyrights for numerous legendary Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock artists who were ripped off by the industry for decades. Currently managing blues icon Buddy Guy, Scott runs the Chicago office of The Cameron Organisation, Inc., while vice president Nancy Meyer oversees their west coast branch in Burbank, Ca.