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Encyclopedia > Mo Ostin

Mo Ostin is a famous record executive, who has worked for several companies, including Verve, Reprise, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 by Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Lorne Michaels. He is known among his colleagues as the most artist-friendly executive in the music business.

He was hired as president of Reprise by Frank Sinatra from Verve where he had been the accountant. At Reprise he was involved with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., and The Kinks.

In 1967 after a trip to Monterey, California, Pop Festival, he signed Jimi Hendrix.

Eventually he became the president of Reprise's parent company, Warner Brothers Records, where he signed numerous acts, including Neil Young, Paul Simon, Van Halen, and Prince. Ostin's work made Warners the biggest record company in the world and a model for the late 20th-century record company. After over two decades leading Warners, he resigned over corporate politics.

He returned to music in 1996 to lead DreamWorks Records for David Geffen. Under his eight-year tenure the label had successes with Nelly Furtado, Papa Roach, and All-American Rejects. The label was sold in 2004 and Ostin retired.

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The Recording Academy to Honor Mo Ostin at Salute to Industry Icons Event (546 words)
"Mo Ostin is a true pioneer of the contemporary music era whose life's work has had a profound impact on the artists he has helped develop and the fans around the world who have benefited from their inspired creativity," said President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow.
Ostin retired as chairman of Warner Bros. Records in 1995 and later moved to Dreamworks where he implemented the strategy of signing artists with merit and patiently building their careers.
Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
The Velvet Rope Forums: Mo: Back to the Bunny? (710 words)
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former Warner Bros. Records chairman Mo Ostin may be close to returning to the label in a consulting capacity after months of discussions driven by current Warner chairman and CEO Tom Whalley, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Ostin, who joined Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records in 1963 as an accountant, went on to helm Warner Bros. for three decades during its years as the music business leader.
The talks about a possible encore by Ostin commenced after a private February 7 ceremony at which Warner Bros.' Burbank headquarters was renamed the Mo Ostin Building.
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