Jerry Moss, co-founder of A&M Records and Rock Hall of Fame member, dies at 88

Jerry Moss, co-founder of A&M Records and Rock Hall of Fame inductee, has passed away at the age of 88.

His life and impact: Jerry Moss, together with Herb Alpert, founded A&M Records and turned it into one of the music industry’s most successful independent labels.
* Their label was home to multiple blockbuster artists like the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Janet Jackson, and Soundgarden, amongst others.
* Apart from music, Moss and his second wife, Ann Holbrook, also owned a lucrative horse racing business.

Legacy on the music industry: Moss was remembered for his ability to recognize and nurture talent.
* A&M Records released several major hits including Alpert’s “A Taste of Honey,” the Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and the Police’s “Every Breath You Take.”
* Singer Rita Coolidge praised Moss and Alpert during a tribute concert, stating they had “changed the face of the record industry.”

Moss’ beginnings: Starting in a garage in Los Angeles, Moss and Alpert built A&M Records into a game-changing independent label.
* The label started with a $200 investment and the duo operated out of Alpert’s garage, leading to their first major hit with Alpert’s instrumental “The Lonely Bull.”
* Despite selling A&M to Polygram in the late ’80s, Moss continued to influence the music industry, later running Almo Records with Alpert.

Tributes and family: Moss’ surviving family and industry colleagues remember him fondly.
* His family released a statement mourning his loss, praising his spirit and readiness for new adventures.
* Moss made his last public appearance at a tribute concert in January where artists like Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, and Dionne Warwick performed.

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