|Birth name||Edward Gladstone Abner, Jr.|
May 11, 1923|
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Died||December 27, 1997
Los Angeles, California, US
Between 1950 and 1954, he served at the Chance label as the owner Art Sheridan's right-hand man. In early 1955, he became part owner and general manager of Vee-Jay. He was appointed president of Vee-Jay in 1961 and with the addition of artists such as Jerry Butler, The Four Seasons, Gene Chandler, Holly Maxwell, Dee Clark, Betty Everett, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and the Beatles, the company continued to grow as a major independent.
He formed Constellation Records in August 1963. In 1966, he joined Motown Records and in 1973 and for the next two years, he served as its president. He was closely associated with the Motown label until his death.
- Komara, Edward (ed.) (2006), Encyclopedia of the Blues, Routledge
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