Industry Mourns Hy Weiss
March 21, 2007 at 10:30 AM (PT)
HYMAN "HY" WEISS, a legend in the record industry and the father of ZOMBA LABEL GROUP Pres./CEO BARRY WEISS, died last night. He was 84.
HY began his career in 1948 and formed OLD TOWN RECORDS with brother SAM in 1953. OLD TOWN hits included THE CAPRIS' "There's A Moon Out Tonight" and BILLY BLAND's "Let The Little Girl Dance." He sold OLD TOWN in the mid-'90s.
BARRY said, "Beyond the typical reasons why I am proud to be my father's son, I am proud in a business sense to be the son of one of our industries great original independent record men and entrepreneurs. Along with peers such as GEORGE GOLDNER, LEONARD CHESS and JERRY WEXLER, he set the pace and helped set the course for today's music industry."
In lieu of flowers and in trbute to HY, ZOMBA is asking for contributions to the T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION, In Memory of HYMAN "HY" WEISS, 550 Madison Avenue, NEW YORK, NY 10001.