Eddie Lambert, Veteran Music Executive, Dies at 76


He labored together with his brother, songwriter-producer Dennis Lambert, and with The Righteous Brothers, Hall & Oates, Bruce Hornsby and The Four Tops.

Eddie Lambert, a music govt who labored at corporations together with ABC/Dunhill, Motown and EMI-Capitol throughout his five-decade profession, has died. He was 76. 

Lambert died March four at his dwelling in West Hills, California, after an 18-month battle with most cancers, his brother, songwriter and producer Dennis Lambert, introduced. "He was the wind beneath my wings, my mentor, my large bro, my largest fan and my finest good friend," he mentioned.

In 1974, the pair launched Haven Records, and Eddie Lambert, as vp and GM, signed the newly reunited Righteous Brothers in addition to Evie Sands, Player and The Grass Roots. He additionally labored carefully with Dennis on the Tavares and Glen Campbell albums that his brother and Brian Potter produced for Capitol.

In 1977, Eddie Lambert joined the Interworld Music Group as vp and GM of publishing, engaged on the catalogs of Hall & Oates and composer Bill Conti, then was employed as vp artistic at 20th Century Fox Music, the place he signed writers Bruce Hornsby, James Ingram and Joseph Williams and supervised the music of a number of movies, together with Taps (1981).

From 1982-86, Lambert labored alongside Steve Barri at Motown Records as director of A&R. He was the chief producer of albums by The Commodores, El Debarge, The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, The Four Tops, Sam Harris, Stacy Lattisaw and Bruce Willis.

He additionally supervised and coordinated the soundtrack albums for The Big Chill (1983) and A Fine Mess (1986). Plenty of these LPs have been produced or co-produced by his brother.

After serving as a expertise booker and casting govt for the syndicated TV present Star Search, Lambert spent 11 years at EMI-Capitol Special Markets, beginning in 1989, as vp movie & tv licensing. There, he was accountable for the location of tons of of EMI masters in media of each type.

He joined the web startup Smashcast because the chief music officer, the place he opened and managed the Los Angeles workplace, then shaped Rilex Entertainment, which specialised within the licensing of masters and songs, in 2002.

He retired in 2017 due to his sickness.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lambert started his profession in 1964 at age 22 working in New York City as a music writer for expertise supervisor and entrepreneur Lenny Stogel. Several years later, he joined Don Costa and Teddy Randazzo at South Mountain Music and DCP Records, the place he mentored Dennis.

After a number of years there, Lambert moved to Capitol Records as an A&R exec below the management of Dick Asher. He was instrumental in signing The Manhattan Transfer to their first recording contract.

In 1969, he got here to L.A. to hitch ABC/Dunhill as a music writer and A&R govt, working carefully with Barri, then head of A&R. His 4 years there have been highlighted by the A&R signing of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Jim Croce producers Cashman & West and music producer Gary Katz.

On the publishing aspect, he labored on the event and exploitation of the songs of writers Kenny Loggins, Lambert & Potter, Price & Walsh and John Phillips.

Lambert served twice as vice chairman of the Recording Academy and was its L.A. chapter president in 1979-81 and 1999-2001. He additionally was a nationwide trustee and member of the tv committee.

Survivors embody his spouse of 28 years, Penny, a senior paralegal on the Ziffren Brittenham regulation agency; sons Brian (senior vp music at Warner Bros. Pictures), Alex and Riley; daughter Jennifer Prince (managing director of media & leisure gross sales at Twitter); and grandchildren Justin, Julia, Avery, Delaney and Carly.

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.