Gil Friesen

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Gil Friesen (March 19, 1937 – December 13, 2012) was an American music and film executive known for being chairman of A&M Records from 1977 until its sale for $500 million in 1990, co-founder of the Classic Sports Cable Network and executive producer of The Breakfast Club in 1985.


Born into a musical family in Pasadena, CA, Friesen was a student at UCLA when he began his show-business career in the mail room at Capitol Records [1] in California and later became a senior member of Kapp Records.[2] He served as a promoter to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, The Carpenters, The Police and to Janet Jackson.[3][4][5][6]

He also produced the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which was released after he died and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


  1. ^ Vitello, Paul (23 December 2012). "Gil Friesen, 75, Record Executive Who Also Struck Gold in Films". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gil Friesen, the 'ampersand' in A&M Records was 75". LA Observed. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legendary A&M Records Exec Gil Friesen Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Legendary A&M Records President Gil Friesen Dead at 75". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gil Friesen dies at 75; longtime president of A&M recording label". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 December 2012.