Renowned American recording executive Jerry Moss has passed away at the age of 88. The co-founder of A&M Records was a music trailblazer, spearheading the careers of The Carpenters, The Police, Alpert, and many more.
Launching A&M Records alongside Herb Alpert in the early 1960s, Moss became synonymous with chart-topping talent, selling legendary albums by the Go-Go’s, Bryan Adams, and Janet Jackson. Moss and Alpert were enlisted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, cementing their place in music history.
In his final years, Moss focused on philanthropy, making a generous $25 Million USD donation to the Los Angeles Music Center in hopes of supporting the next generation of musical talent. The contribution went towards building an enchanting outdoor plaza in his honor.
Moss passed away on Tuesday night due to natural causes in his Bel Air home. “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,” his family said in a statement.
“Jerry was dedicated to giving back to the community by supporting arts experiences that resonate in the hearts and minds of all Angelenos and meaningfully impact their lives,” said Rachel S. Moore, president-CEO of the Music Center. “His artistic influence and business savvy, along with the opportunities he provided for numerous extraordinarily talented artists, changed the course of music forever. That was his gift to us all. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to Tina and the entire Moss family.”