Record executive Mo Ostin dies aged 95 – The Vinyl Factory

Published on

August 3, 2022



A titan of industry.

US record executive Mo Ostin has died aged 95.

Ostin was originally brought into Reprise by founder Frank Sinatra in 1960, remaining once Warner Bros. bought the label in 1963.

He was named president in 1972 and held that position until 1994.

Throughout his career he signed artists and bands such as the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young.

After this long stint, he joined DreamWorks Records in 1995 – signing artists such as Nelly Furtado and Elliott Smith.

His impact was celebrated when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul Simon, Neil Young and Lorne Michaels in 2003.

He died on August 1 at the age of 95 of natural causes.

Photo courtesy of Warner Records Archives


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