A&M Records’ Jerry Moss Feted by Dionne Warwick, Peter Frampton, Amy Grant and More at Music Center Tribute!
Former record industry mogul Jerry Moss — the “M” in A&M Records, the label that he and Herb Alpert started in the early 1960s — got a partial payback for all the faith he put in artists during that company’s decades-long run in the form of a tribute concert Saturday night at the Mark Taper Forum, hosted by producer David Foster and laden with performances from artists including Dionne Warwick, Peter Frampton and Amy Grant.
The thanks were two-fold — celebrating his three-decade history running A&M until he and Alpert sold the label in the early ’90s, but, more up to the moment, his largess in devoting a substantial portion of his wealth to downtown L.A.’s Music Center. “Simply said, Jerry is a giving and generous human being,” Foster said in the evening’s opening remarks. “As a case in point, in 2020, he and his wife Tina made a gift of $25 million to the Music Center right here. They renamed the plaza after him. They should, for 25 million bucks!” Foster added, going slightly off-script for a few seconds.
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