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Bob Herbert 1942-1999

Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 August 1999

BOB HERBERT, who has died in a car crash aged 57, didn't invent the idea of the packaged pop group, but, as the man responsible for the Spice Girls, he turned the idea into a phenomenon. Ironically, he never reaped the rewards of the band's success, as Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm sacked him before they became famous. It was a case of history repeating itself for the former accountant from Camberley, Surrey. The boy band, Bros, had done the same thing in the 1980s.

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