Howard Portugais, who began his music industry career as a roadie for the Electric Prunes in 1966 and became a TV agent and personal manager, died July 23 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 60.
A Chicago native, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1965 and after several stints as a road manager for the Electric Prunes and Donovan, joined the ranks of the GAC Agency (which became CMA) in 1968, where he worked in the music division booking musical variety talent.
Portugais then moved over to Intl. Famous Artists (now ICM) in 1971, where his clients included Groucho Marx and Dusty Springfield, with whom he remained friends until her recent death. In 1975, he joined the management firm of Bernard, Newfield, Bash, where he worked with a client roster that included Bobbie Gentry, Dory Previn, John Davidson, Lou Rawls, Captain and Tenille, Andy Williams, Randy Newman and Hoyt Axton.
In recent years, he ran his own management company, where he helped design the careers of music and nonmusic clients alike. He most recently worked with Emmy-winning composer Mark Chait.
He is survived by his mother and a sister.
A celebration of his life will take place 10 a.m. Sundayat Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations for the Howard Portugais Hope Fund with checks made payable to the AIDS Research Alliance, 621 N. San Vicente, West Hollywood, 90069.