Jerry Moss Obituary, Co-Founder of A&M Records Has Passed Away

Jerry Moss Obituary Death – On Wednesday in Los Angeles, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert died after building A&M Records into one of the nation’s most successful independent record firms. His age was 88. They really don’t make them like him anymore, and we are going to miss having conversations with him about anything and everything under the sun,” his family told the Associated Press to remember “the twinkle in his eyes as he approached every moment ready for the next adventure.”

In 2020, Moss and his wife Tina Morse gave $25 million to Los Angeles’s Music Center, renaming its outdoor plaza after him. The Music Center honored him in a commemorative concert at the Mark Taper Forum in January, his last public appearance. Herb Alpert gave the keynote, David Foster hosted, and Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, and Dionne Warwick sang to the guest of honor. Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of the Music Center, said Jerry supported cultural efforts “that reverberate in the hearts and minds of all Angelenos and meaningfully impact their lives. His artistic influence, commercial expertise, and opportunities for a multitude of talented performers changed music forever.

That was his gift to us all. Our condolences to Tina and the Moss family during this difficult time.In the 1960s, trumpeter Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass helped A&M Records dominate the music industry with hit pop songs. It is thought the band has sold over 70 million albums worldwide. After embracing the rock market at Moss’ request in the late 1960s, the record label sold well with Supertramp, Peter Frampton, the Police, the Go-Go’s, Bryan Adams, and Janet Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s. This success was due to the company’s ability to spot and capitalize on musical trends.

After A&M was sold to Polygram in 1989, Moss and Alpert founded Almo Sounds. This label identified and promoted Garbage and Ozomatli.  Moss and Alpert were elected into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as non-performers in 2006. Moss attended Brooklyn College and was born in Brooklyn. After meeting Coed Records partner Marvin Cane at a wedding, he started working in radio promotion. Moss attended Brooklyn College. Moss was crucial to the Crests’ 1958 No. 2 doo-wop hit “16 Candles,” released by the New York independent label.

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