The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Label Owners

Al Bell

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2008 Black History Month celebration of Stax Records


Interviewed by Jason Hanley

Al Bell is the former owner of Stax Records. While at Stax, he introduced marketing and promotional innovations that helped to change the direction of the music industry. Bell played a crucial role in organizing the Wattstax Festival, a Stax Records concert, which resulted in the 1973 documentary film Wattstax

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Joe Bihari

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Interviewed by John Broven, renowned author of Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers

One of the pioneers of the music industry, Bihari has discovered and produced great musical icons such as B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, John Lee Hooker, and Etta James. Bihari's most well-known record labels have included Modern, RPM, Flair and Crown.

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Miles Copeland

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Managed the Police and Sting as a solo artist, Miles Copeland is the owner/operator of IRS records, which was responsible for bands including the Bangles, R.E.M., the Go Go’s, and Fine Young Cannibals.

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Jerry Heller

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Jerry Heller is the co-founder of Ruthless Records, a label that became synonymous with West Coast gangsta rap. With Ruthless Records, co-founded with Eazy-E, Jerry Heller helped to create a musical revolution that would change the face of popular music culture. Early in his career, Heller worked with Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Elton John and Pink Floyd.

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Bob Keane

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Owner and president of the Del-Fi label, Keane was a catalyst for the careers of artists such as Sam Cooke, and his top hit, “You Send Me,” and Ritchie Valens who topped the charts with “Donna,” “Come on Let’s Go” and the legendary Latin rock sensation, “La Bamba”

Over the years, Keane produced and released a long list of artists through his Del-Fi label and its subsidiaries, including Barry White, the Lively Ones, Frank Zappa, Johnny Crawford, Chan Romero, David Gates and Ron Holden. 

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Steve Popovich and Hank LoConti

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Interviewed by Jason Hanley

Hank LoConti

Native Clevelander Hank LoConti is a music promoter and club-owner.  He founded the famous Agora club in 1966. The Agora was one of many venues across the country to which LoConti brought the biggest names of rock and roll including Bruce Springsteen, Wanda Jackson, Bob Dylan and countless others.

 

 

Steve Popovich

At Columbia Records, Popovich worked with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Chicago, Bruce Springsteen, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. As head of A&R at Epic, Popovich helped sign Boston, Michael Jackson, Ted Nugent, Wild Cherry, Tom Jones, and Jaco Pastorius.  In 1976,  Popovich formed Cleveland International Records and soon released Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, which became one of the top 5 largest selling albums in history.

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Henry Stone

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey

Henry Stone is an american record company executive and producer whose career spans the era from R&B in the early 1950s through the disco boom of the 1970s to the present day.  He is best known as owner and president of TK Records. Stone recorded and produced songs for Ray Charles, James Brown, Betty Wright, the Charms, among many others. Stone’s greatest success came during the Disco era of the 1970s, where he earned 23 gold and platinum records (including six number one pop singles and four number one R&B singles for KC and the Sunshine Band



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