Stan Cornyn, Legendary Warner Bros. Records Creative Head, Dies At 81
May 12, 2015 at 12:18 PM (PT)
STAN CORNYN, the colorful WARNER BROS. RECORDS executive, who worked for the company from 1958 until 1990, has passed away at the age of 81 in his CARPINTERIA, CA, home.
The YALE alum, who rose to EVP of the label, then SVP of WARNER MUSIC GROUP, and finally CEO/founder of WARNER NEW MEDIA, was dubbed, "King of Liner Notes" for his work with WARNER-REPRISE's creative services department. He received a GRAMMY AWARD for Best Album Notes in 1966 for FRANK SINATRA's "Strangers In The Night" album and again the following year for "SINATRA At The SANDS."
CORNYN was known for his creative, humorous approach to marketing and publicity materials, including the monthly release mailer, "Wax Paper," to promote WARNER BROS. product. He was the author of "Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, And Hustlers Of The WARNER MUSIC GROUP," published in 2002. He also contributed a blog to RHINO.COM, "Stay Tuned By STAN CORNYN."
CORNYN is survived by his longtime companion, MEG BARBOUR, as well as two sons by previous marriages, CHRISTOPHER and TOM.
Ex-colleague HEIDI ROBINSON-FITZGERALD, who worked with him at WARNER BROS. RECORDS, memorialized him on FACEBOOK: "STAN CORNYN was one of the kindest, funniest, and most creative people I ever knew. He was also an enormously brilliant guy who was already pondering CD technology back in the 70s. I was fortunate to work with him at WARNER BROS. RECORDS from 1973 until 1979 when he was the label's Creative Director. He was responsible for some of the most creative and off-the-wall campaigns that WBR did back then - "It's Better In BURBANK" was one of his slogans, as was the concept of the "MO and JOE Show." When I had been at the label for a couple of months he asked me how I liked working there, if I was having a good time. I told him I was, but that I wasn't going to stay for long as I was going to audition for Clown College and be a clown in the circus. Without missing a beat, he told me he'd be very sorry to see me leave, but he thought that being a clown in the circus was a fine idea... He assembled a stunningly talented team of crazies - BILLIE WALLINGTON, BOB REGHER, CARL SCOTT, JO BERGMAN... I learned so much from him, mostly about taking chances. I'm glad I knew him."