Veteran Music Exec and Producer Tommy LiPuma Passes Away
March 14, 2017
Longtime music executive and producer Tommy LiPuma has passed away at the age of 80. Over his long career, LiPuma worked in radio promotion, publishing, production and a variety of other roles. He served as producer on recordings from a wide range of artists, including Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson. LiPuma also won five Grammy throughout his career.
LiPuma spent time at A&M, Blue Thumb Records, Horizon, Warner Bros, GRP and Impulse. He served as Chairman Emertus for Verge from 2004-2011 and was a Creative Consultant at Universal Music Publishing Group in 2014.
In a statement, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, said, "Music has lost an icon. There are very few who have had Tommy’s ear for talent, let alone his track record of hits. I know I speak for everyone at Universal Music, and in the music community, when I say we will forever be grateful for Tommy’s brilliant creativity, kind heart and passion for music. His legacy will continue to inspire and guide us."