Industry Pioneer Sam Weiss Passes
March 20, 2008 at 5:17 AM (PT)
SAM WEISS passed away at 5a on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19th from natural causes at BOCA RATON Community Hospital in FLORIDA. WEISS was one of the great pioneers and innovators of the record industry. After growing up in the BRONX, he spent time in FLORIDA where he worked in the jukebox business. He and his brother HY both had an affinity for the Doo-wop singers that performed all over NEW YORK back in the early 50's, and without proper funds to open an office, decided to simply start a label called OLD TOWN, so they would have a place to take calls and have access to stationary. OLD TOWN turned into one of the great R&B/Doo-Wop labels.
In the late 50's WEISS formed one of the first record distribution companies, WIN RECORDS. In the mid 70s, WIN RECORDS was one of the first distributors to export product overseas. In 1977 WEISS jumped back into the part of the business he loved the most, which was producing records. He formed SAM RECORDS, and along with his future son-in-law, DANIEL GLASS, created an incredible legacy of NEW YORK based dance hits. More recently WEISS joined with his son MICHAEL in 1992, creating NERVOUS RECORDS.
WEISS is survived by his wife, ENID "TWINNIE" WEISS, his children MICHAEL and DEBORAH, his son-in-law DANIEL GLASS, his daughter-in-law JULIE WEISS, and his grandchildren, SEAN, MAXIE, LIAM, JAKE and NOAH. Services will be held FRIDAY, MARCH 21st at Riverside Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, at 11:15a. Donations in his name can be made to LIFEBEAT, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FIGHTS AIDS, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1010, NEW YORK, NY 10036. www.Lifebeat.org.