Comedy/Music Exec. David Banks Has Passed Away
February 23, 2015 at 6:08 AM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Comedy/Music Producer DAVID BANKS, who passed away SATURDAY (2/21) of heart failure at a SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Hospital. He was 82.
BANKS had been in the entertainment business since he was a teenager and served in the AIR FORCE after graduating from High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UC BERKELEY.
After receiving his degree, he began his career as Exec. in the music industry and over the years worked for many companies including COLUMBIA RECORDS and WARNER BROS. He produced several of RICHARD PRIORS multi platinum albums; as well as producing for SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, LENNY WILLIAMS, and the BEE GEES. BANKS had recently created the title of RICHARD PRYOR's SHOWTIME Documentary 'OMIT THE LOGIC.' During his career he also consulted for comedians such as EDDIE GRIFFIN, MIKE EPPS, and CHRIS TUCKER.
LIVING LEGENDS FOUNDATION INC. Chairperson/Music Marketing Consultant DAVID LINTON told ALL ACCESS, "I will miss DAVID BANKS dearly. We continued to speak on a regular basis even as his health declined. Most people will remember him for his talent for humor. Make no mistake, if DAVID was in the room everyone would be laughing until tears started flowing. However, I will remember DAVID as a deep thinker and a wise friend. He was one of the first industry figures who became a cheerleader for my promotion at WARNER BROTHERS. No matter where my career took me, he was just a phone call away. ELEANOR and I got to know DAVID BANKS the family man and his love for his children was immeasurable. He's now reunited with his beloved wife MAXINE, making everyone up in HEAVEN laugh"
A public Memorial Service is to be announced.