TONY RUFFINO — 74, concert promoter, died Aug. 22 following a stroke in Birmingham, Ala. Ruffino first booked a concert in Alabama in 1969. At the time, he was a partner in Ruffino-Vaughn Productions. Because he was booking mostly in Alabama, Ruffino eventually moved from New York to Birmingham in 1977. Ruffino ended his partnership with Larry Vaughn and began his own company, New Era Productions, in the 80s. During his time in the concert business, Ruffino promoted for Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, and countless others. His son, John, promotes concerts as a partner in Red Mountain Entertainment. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris; his brothers Richard Ruffino, Donnie Rosen and David Rosen; children, Kathi Lee, Terri Houser, Tina Godwin and John Ruffino; and 11 grandchildren.
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