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date: 16 July 2020

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  • Jonas Westover

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(b New York, NY, March 27, 1927). American record executive. Trained as an accountant, he started his career in the record business at Verve Records, where he worked with Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. He was subsequently hired as the president of Reprise, partially due to the influence of Frank Sinatra. He eventually became head of Reprise’s parent company, Warner Bros., for which he signed and fostered the careers of such notable musicians as the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, and Prince. He worked at Warner Bros. from 1963 to 1994, where he was known particularly for his openness towards musical experimentation and the rights of artists. Ostin believed that the financial bottom line was not always the most significant factor in choosing the right music or musicians. In 1996 he and his fellow executive Larry Waronker moved to Dream Works Records, again taking risks with especially creative talent. Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...

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