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He produced recording sessions for Nancy Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, Van Dyke Parks, The Beau Brummels, Harpers Bizarre, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Arlo Guthrie, Maria Muldaur, Gordon Lightfoot, Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, and others. He was an A&R rep, and was responsible for building much of the Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records, and DreamWorks Records rosters with talent including Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Neil Young, R.E.M., Rufus Wainwright, Elliott Smith, Nelly Furtado, and others. Waronker also ran Warner Bros. Records with Mo Ostin for many years.
After leaving Warner Bros., Ostin and Waronker ran DreamWorks Records from 1996 until it was sold to Universal Music in 2004.
Lenny Waronker is the son of record executive Simon Waronker. He was married to Dr Pepper Girl and Shindig star, Donna Loren, with whom he had three children, including songwriter and That Dog founder, Anna Waronker, and drummer, Joey, as well as a second daughter, Katie. His second marriage to jewelry designer, Cathleen Waronker, with whom he had two children, Lily and Grace, ended in divorce.
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