Music mogul Jerry Moss passes away at 88 | News

By | August 19, 2023

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death – Obituary News : Legendary music industry figure Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records alongside Herb Alpert and played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of numerous iconic artists, has sadly passed away at the age of 88. Moss, who began his journey in a humble Los Angeles garage, propelled A&M Records to extraordinary heights of success with chart-topping hits by Alpert, the Police, the Carpenters, and countless others. His passing was announced by his family, stating that he died of natural causes at his home in Bel Air on Wednesday.

Moss and Alpert’s remarkable contributions to the music industry were recognized in 2006 when they were inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His widow, Tina, shared in an interview with The Associated Press that Moss was a one-of-a-kind individual, and his absence will be profoundly felt. She said, “They truly don’t make them like him anymore, and we will miss conversations with him about everything under the sun. The twinkle in his eyes as he approached every moment ready for the next adventure.”

During his tenure at A&M Records, Moss played a pivotal role in nurturing and promoting some of the most iconic singles of all time. Notable hits released by the label included Alpert’s “A Taste of Honey,” the Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Peter Frampton’s “Show Me the Way,” and the Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Moss once shared in an interview with Artist House Music, an archive and resource center, that he would occasionally come across a record that left him in awe, prompting his partner Alpert to ask, “What did we do to deserve this, that this amazing thing is going to come out on our label?”

Beyond his contributions to the music industry, Moss’s passion for horse racing also led him to establish a successful business in the field. Together with his second wife, Ann Holbrook, Moss ventured into horse ownership, a venture that proved to be highly lucrative. In 1962, with the financial support of record manufacturer Nate Duroff, Moss and Alpert were able to produce 350,000 copies of Alpert’s instrumental track “The Lonely Bull,” which marked A&M Records’ first major hit. A decade later, Duroff persuaded Moss to invest in racehorses.

Moss’s horse Giacomo, named after the son of A&M artist Sting, achieved a remarkable victory by winning the prestigious Kentucky Derby in 2005. Zenyatta, named in homage to the Police album “Zenyatta Mondatta,” emerged as a runner-up for Horse of the Year in 2008 and 2009 before securing a win the following year. Another successful horse owned by Moss, Set Them Free, derived its name from a hit single by Sting.

In January, Moss was honored with a tribute concert at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles, marking one of his final public appearances. The concert featured performances by renowned artists such as Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, and Dionne Warwick, who, although not an A&M artist, had shared a close bond with Moss since he helped promote her music in the early 1960s. While Moss did not speak during the ceremony, many attendees praised his visionary approach and lasting impact on the record industry. Singer Rita Coolidge, reflecting on Moss’s influence, stated on the event’s red carpet, “Herb was the artist and Jerry had the vision. It just changed the face of the record industry. Certainly, A&M made such a difference, and it’s where everybody wanted to be.”

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Jerry Moss is survived by his second wife, Tina Morse, and three children. His legacy as a music industry titan and his profound impact on the world of entertainment will continue to be celebrated and cherished by fans and industry professionals alike..