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 Mo Ostin

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Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
31 Jul 2022 (aged 95)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID
242227880 View Source

Record Executive, Music Businessman. Legendary music industry executive who ran labels like: Verve Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records & DreamWorks Records in a career spanning five decades. Born Morris Meyer Ostrofsky in New York City, New York to a Russian-Jewish family, his family later moved to Los Angeles, California. Graduating from Fairfax High School, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with degrees in economics & law. He entered the music business between 1954 & 1956 by working at Norman Granz's Clef Records. The label would soon change their name to 'Verve Records'. Frank Sinatra attempted to buy Verve which wasn't successful. Verve was soon sold to MGM Records in 1960 and Ostin was hired oversee Sinatra's fledgling Reprise Records label. As head of Reprise, Ostin saw Reprise get purchased by Warner Bros. Records. He built up the labels by signing artists to the roster like: America, Little Feat, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Doobie Brothers, Green Day, Jethro Tull, Prince, Dire Straits, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Kinks, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Mudhoney, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chaka Khan, The Flaming Lips, Van Halen, Ramones, The B-52's, Van Dyke Parks, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, George Benson, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, The Replacements & Hüsker Dü, among others. Ostin spent three decades at Warner Bros. (including Atlantic, Asylum, Sire, Reprise & Elektra) alongside A&R man-record producer Lenny Waronker until both left WB in the mid-1990s to run DreamWorks Records. At DreamWorks, he signed Elliott Smith, George Michael, Jimmy Eat World & Nelly Furtado. Ostin was once chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for two years. In 2003, Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the Non-Performer category. He donated $20 million to his alma mater, UCLA between 2011 & 2015 to create the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center & the Mo Ostin Basketball Center.

Record Executive, Music Businessman. Legendary music industry executive who ran labels like: Verve Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records & DreamWorks Records in a career spanning five decades. Born Morris Meyer Ostrofsky in New York City, New York to a Russian-Jewish family, his family later moved to Los Angeles, California. Graduating from Fairfax High School, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with degrees in economics & law. He entered the music business between 1954 & 1956 by working at Norman Granz's Clef Records. The label would soon change their name to 'Verve Records'. Frank Sinatra attempted to buy Verve which wasn't successful. Verve was soon sold to MGM Records in 1960 and Ostin was hired oversee Sinatra's fledgling Reprise Records label. As head of Reprise, Ostin saw Reprise get purchased by Warner Bros. Records. He built up the labels by signing artists to the roster like: America, Little Feat, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Doobie Brothers, Green Day, Jethro Tull, Prince, Dire Straits, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Kinks, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Mudhoney, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chaka Khan, The Flaming Lips, Van Halen, Ramones, The B-52's, Van Dyke Parks, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, George Benson, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, The Replacements & Hüsker Dü, among others. Ostin spent three decades at Warner Bros. (including Atlantic, Asylum, Sire, Reprise & Elektra) alongside A&R man-record producer Lenny Waronker until both left WB in the mid-1990s to run DreamWorks Records. At DreamWorks, he signed Elliott Smith, George Michael, Jimmy Eat World & Nelly Furtado. Ostin was once chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for two years. In 2003, Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the Non-Performer category. He donated $20 million to his alma mater, UCLA between 2011 & 2015 to create the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center & the Mo Ostin Basketball Center.

Bio by: JR Wees


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: JR Wees
  • Added: 1 Aug 2022
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 242227880
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/242227880/mo-ostin: accessed ), memorial page for Mo Ostin (27 Mar 1927–31 Jul 2022), Find a Grave Memorial ID 242227880, citing Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a GraveCremated.