Jerry Brandt

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Jerry Brandt is an entrepreneur, impresario, agent, manager, promoter, and club owner active since the 1960s. He is known for discovering Carly Simon and serving as her first manager, as well as for his work with Lori Petty. Brandt was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.


After serving in the army Brandt worked first as a messenger in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency but within a few years he moved up the ranks and became head of the pop music division. While working at William Morris, he booked acts like The Beach Boys and Sonny & Cher and he discovered Chubby Checker, and brought The Rolling Stones to the USA. He also handled Sam Cooke, Dick Clark, and Muhammad Ali, for theatrical events. In the 1970s, he managed glam rock artist Jobriath Boone.[1]

In 1968, Brandt married the actress Janet Margolin. Brandt also has two children.

Contemporaneous with his management work, Brandt also opened, owned, and managed major music venues such as The Electric Circus (1967), the The Ritz, The Palladium and Spo-Dee-O-Dee, [2] a Blues Club. In 1970 he left the Electric Circus and moved to Los Angeles.Where Brandt opened the Paradise Ballroom with Legendary Financier Bernie Cornfeld o In 1992, Brandt opened the Italian restaurant "Italica" [3] at 220 East 46th St. with Ron Delsener, Robin Leach, and Bob Krasnow. Here they introduced "pizza by the meter."

An autobiography It's A Short Walk From Brooklyn If You Run! is scheduled for release in June 2014.


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