Rich Fitzgerald Has Passed On
August 16, 2011 at 8:47 AM (PT)
It's with extreme sadness that ALL ACCESS announces that RICH FITZGERALD has passed on, just a day following a prayer conference call (NET NEWS 8/15). His wife, MARY PROUT FITZGERALD, posted this on her FACEBOOK page:
"I am sorry to say that our lovely RICH passed away yesterday afternoon (8/15). As you know, we were able to bring him home with hospice, so he was able to go peacefully, wearing his JIMMY HENDRIX Tee, listening to his favorite music, and lay in the arms of our children, HUNTER and SLOANE, and myself. I'll keep you posted on funeral arrangements, as we are doing that TODAY."
ALL ACCESS President & Publisher JOEL DENVER noted, "Our deepest condolences. RICH was a man whose name said it all -- he was rich with love from his wonderful wife MARY, their kids and so many thousands of friends and co-workers. He touched the lives of so many over the years, and always had a kind word, a great smile and a way of putting everyone at ease. I met RICH too many years ago to remember, and I will miss him. I still have his old set of PING EYE golf clubs which he bestowed on me when he upgraded to a new set. He was one of a kind. RICH ... so very thankful for your enduring friendship."
During RICH's career he worked at CAPITOL/SEATTLE, went on to become head of RSO Nat'l Promotion in 1976 and had plenty to do with the success of the BEE GEES, ERIC CLAPTON, YVONNE ELLIMAN, ANDY GIBB, IRENE CARA AND THE SOUNDTRACKS TO SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, GREASE and FAME, working with the legendary AL COURY.
He went on to help run NETWORK RECORDS for Al, worked with TODD RUNDGREN, joined GEFFEN RECORDS, went on to WARNER BROS. RECORDS as VP/Promo in 1983 working with MADONNA, PRINCE, ZZ TOP, DIRE STRAITS, THE PRETENDERS, FLEETWOOD MAC, CHICAGO, NEIL YOUNG, ROD STEWART, TALKING HEADS, PAUL SIMON, THE B-52's, and ERIC CLAPTON.
In 1987 RICH moved to sister label REPRISE as EVP/Promotion and had huge successes with CHICAGO, CHRIS ISAAK, RANDY NEWMAN, THE BODEANS, DEPECHE MODE, GREEN DAY, ALANIS MORRISSETTE, BARENAKED LADIES, ENYA, and of course ERIC CLAPTON. He continued working with ERIC until his passing.
Our thanks to MARC RATNER for his assistance on RICH's career.