Tuesday, May 29, 2012

R.I.P.: Howie Richmond


Veteran music publisher Howard S. Richmond passed away on May 20, 2012. He was 94.

In 1949, he established Cromwell Music, the firm that eventually was restructured to become The Richmond Organization (TRO), one of the world's most celebrated independent music publishers.
Over the years his stable included artists as diverse as Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie; Bill Evans and Kurt Weill; the Who, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd; and Shel Silverstein, whose talking blues song “A Boy Named Sue” became, under Mr. Richmond’s stewardship, a hit for Johnny Cash in 1969.

Other musical gems published by TRO are "Fly Me to the Moon", "I Believe", "Those Were the Days" and "A Whiter Shade of Pale". Joining with fellow music publisher Abe Olman and songwriting great Johnny Mercer, Richmond co-founded the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1969. MORE HERE

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