Al Bunetta, Manager Of John Prine and Steve Goodman, Dies
March 24, 2015 at 2:36 PM (PT)
AL BUNETTA, who spent more than four decades overseeing the careers of JOHN PRINE and the late STEVE GOODMAN, passed away last night after being diagnosed with cancer and admitted to SAINT THOMAS HOSPITAL in NASHVILLE.
BUNETTA was an artist manager, booking agent, record label head and producer. He started and ran his namesake management company, home to PRINE and GOODMAN, and founded record companies with each of those artists. In 1981, PRINE, BUNETTA and DAN EINSTEIN formed OH BOY RECORDS, one of the original indie record labels and mail order businesses. With GOODMAN, he founded RED PAJAMAS RECORDS.
In 1986, BUNETTA won a GRAMMY for co-producing the Best Contemporary Folk Recording, "A Tribute To STEVE GOODMAN." In 2006, PRINE’s "Fair & Square," released by OH BOY, won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
The label’s latest project is "SEPTEMBER 78," a recording of PRINE’s 1978 CHICAGO concert, being offered on orange vinyl for RECORD STORE DAY in APRIL.
BUNETTA’s career began as a roadie in the late ‘60s before joining PAUL ANKA's management company, CMA, working with artists such as BETTE MIDLER, AL GREEN and THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER. When the company signed PRINE and GOODMAN in 1971, BUNETTA became the manager for both.
BUNETTA is survived by his wife DAWN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the JURI BUNETTA FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION.