Veteran Music Executive Andre Harrell Dead at the age of 59
DJ D-Nice revealed the sad news while deejaying on Instagram Live for his popular Club Quarantine series Friday night (May 8). He was best known as the founder of Uptown Records, where Sean “Puffy” Combs Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Al B. Sure and many more Started their Career. He later went on to head Motown Records.
Andre also mentored Sean Combs since he broke out in the industry and was regularly working with him in different capacities over the last 30 years. He was also the main man behind the yearly Revolt Music Conference.
— Edilson J. Silva (@angolanmade) May 9, 2020
A brief biography of the late veteran
Andre Harrell is A native of New York, who started his career in music as an artist, one-half of the early rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, whose single “Genius Rap” was a minor hit in 1981. In 1983 Harrell teamed with Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Records, and had one of his early experiences in the business working as a vice president and later GM of the label. He left to start his own record company, Uptown Records, in 1986. In 1995, he went on to run Motown Records as president and CEO for a brief period not long after the label’s acquisition by PolyGram. He was currently serving as Vice Chairman of REVOLT TV & Media.
Although The reason for his death is not known at this point but Uptown Records did confirm the news in an Instagram story as you can see below. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
From Uptown Records’ Instagram, my heart is just…I can’t bring myself to say it. Andre Harrell, sleep well. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RAuyoUyhUf
— Desi 💫 (@Desire_Renee) May 9, 2020