Jerry Moss, co-founder of A&M Data and Rock Corridor Of Fame member, has died aged 88.
The information was shared within the early hours of in the present day (August 17) with a household statements through Related Press. “They truly don’t make them like him anymore and we will miss conversations with him about everything under the sun,” the assertion learn, “the twinkle in his eyes as he approached every moment ready for the next adventure”.
He died at his house in Bel Air, California from pure causes, his widow Tina instructed AP.
Fashioned in 1962 alongside Herb Alpert, A&M Data – named after their initials – counted singles together with Captain and Tennille’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’, ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police and ‘Show Me the Way’ by Peter Frampton amongst its releases.
Different acts they represented included the Carpenters, Janet Jacket, the Go-Gos and Soundgarden.
Alpert instructed Billboard in a press release: “I never met a nicer, honest, sensitive, smart and talented man then my partner Jerry Moss.”
Moss was born in New York Metropolis and was an English main at Brooklyn School. After six months within the military, he labored as a promoter for Coed Data earlier than he moved to Los Angeles and befriended Alpert.
They launched their label in Alpert’s storage, and located early success in the course of the Nineteen Sixties with the pop releases of Alpert’s, who was additionally a trumpeter, and his band the Tijuana Brass.
Amongst these to pay tribute was Quincy Jones, who shared (through Billboard): “Jerry Moss was the consummate music man, [whose] love of all genres of the art-form was unabashed. That was why once I determined to get off the soundstage and again into the recording studio in 1969, I knew there was just one document label for me to go to that may give me the artistic freedom that I used to be looking for, and that document label was A&M with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
(2/2) He beloved nice music and went out of his method to make a spot the place artists may discover themselves and create together with his beautiful encouragement and persistence. I really like you, Jerry, and my ideas are with spouse Tina and your entire household. Relaxation now my expensive good friend. pic.twitter.com/zZKXX4Kzfy
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) August 16, 2023
“In my almost 70 years in the music business, I can say without a doubt that my time at A&M was one of the most artistically and professionally fulfilling times of my life and I attribute that in large part to the environment that Jerry created on that hallowed ground that was A&M Records. His spirit will live on forever through the great records that he helped bring to the world.”
Dionne Warwick shared in her personal tribute: “Another of my dear friends has made his transition. Jerry Moss was and will always be remembered as one that was always one of the kindest gentlemen I had the pleasure of calling my friend. He cared about my wellbeing and while working as my promotion man at Scepter Records seemed to go the extra yard for me. I like so many others will definitely miss this Champion of a Man. Rest in Peace my Dear Friend.”
In Memoriam: 2006 Inductee Jerry Moss based A&M Data in 1962 with accomplice Herb Alpert and led it to change into essentially the most profitable unbiased document firm in historical past. The corporate’s legendary tradition centered on the artist first (1/2) pic.twitter.com/4b6lvFJtr4
— Rock Corridor (@rockhall) August 17, 2023
Frampton paid tribute on X (previously Twitter), writing: “I’m so sorry to listen to Jerry Moss has left us. Jerry was a real gentleman and if it weren’t for him, so many lives might need turned out very in a different way.
“He loved great music and went out of his way to make a place where artists could find themselves and create with his lovely encouragement and patience. I love you, Jerry, and my thoughts are with wife Tina and the entire family. Rest now my dear friend.”
Amy Grant stated that her first consciousness of A&M Data was “seeing the iconic logo on the inside of a Carole King record”.
“A&M Records was known by all to be the ‘artist label; and it was a dream come true when they signed me. In getting to know Jerry Moss over the years, I was amazed by the breadth of his interests. Whether it was music, horse racing or trekking thru Africa, excellence defined everything in which he invested his talents and passions. Jerry – I will remember you.”