Music Industry Icon Jerry Moss: Dead At 88

The co-founder of A&M Records, Jerry Moss has died at the age of 88.

On Wednesday (8.16,) the music industry mogul’s passing was announced by his family in a statement issued to the Associated Press that read:

“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.”

Professionally known as the “M” in the seminal A&M Records – Jerome Sheldon Moss co-founded the music label in 1962 alongside trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert. The label was home to many bestselling acts of the rock era, including The Police, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Styx and Peter Frampton.

From the late 1970s through to the 80s, Jerry reportedly helped reshape A&M’s roster to incorporate the modern R&B of Janet Jackson and grunge bands including Soundgarden.

Herb and Jerry sold A&M to Polygram in 1989 for a reported $500 million, and they remained at the label until 1993 when the duo clashed with the new management.

In 1994, they formed a new label – Almo Sounds – releasing albums from Garbage, Ozomatli and Gillian Welch.

Both Jerry and Herb were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Jerry is survived by his second wife, Tina Morse, and his three children.

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Author: Saul Goode

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