Lawrence Cohn

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For the cardiac surgeon and medical pioneer, see Lawrence H. Cohn.

Lawrence Cohn (born 1942) is best known as head of Legacy Recordings, a branch of Sony Music Entertainment and as creator and producer of the Roots 'n' Blues series.

Cohn was educated as a lawyer, and became vice-president of CBS/Epic records and later head of Playboy Records and Music. He also continued a career as producer, writer and critic. He wrote Movietone Presents of the Twentieth Century (New York : Saint Martin's Press, 1976) and edited Nothing but the blues : the music and the musicians (New York : Abbeville Press, 1993).[1]

He has been nominated seven times at the Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 1991 with his recording Robert Johnson : The Complete Recordings. He received the same year the W. C. Handy Award for this work on Robert Johnson and was honored with a special distinction by the Blues Foundation for his "contribution to the blues." Moreover, Sony Music provided him the first President's Award for his work on Robert Johnson.


Lawrence Cohn, ed. (1993). Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.). ISBN 1-55859-271-7. 

  1. ^ "Catalogue". National Library of Australia.