C. Winston Simone

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C. Winston Simone is an American entertainment executive, best known for being one of the founders and a principal of DSW Entertainment, an entertainment company specializing in artist management, music publishing, recorded music, and television and movie production.

Career[edit]

Simone began his career in the music industry in 1978 as the manager of rock duo Jan and Dean.[1] As manager he set up the duo's tour with the Beach Boys in 1978.

In 1980, Simone became the manager of Desmond Child.[2][3] Since then, they have worked on more than 75 Top 40 hits written and/or produced by Child, including “Livin’ La Vida Loca,[4]” “Living on a Prayer,” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).[5]

He’s also managed Michael Feinstein,[6] Carly Simon, Joe Jackson,[3] Michael Beinhorn, Curtis Stigers,[3] Karla DeVito, Emo Philips, Judy Tenuta,[7] Ricky Jay, and Gilbert Gottfriend, and noted alt-rock group Too Much Joy.

In 1999, he teamed up with David Simoné and Child to form the publishing company Deston Songs.[8] In 2005, he and Simoné amicably parted ways with Child after selling Deston Songs to Warner Music Group.[9] Afterwards, Simone and Simoné formed DSW Entertainment, which, in partnership with Primary Wave Music,[10] has executive produced projects from artists such as Dolly Parton and The Piano Guys as well as manage artists as well as executive-produce television projects centering around Nik Wallenda’s daredevil stunts,[11][12][13][14] 90s group Wilson Phillips’ comeback effort [15][16] and several PBS concert specials.

In 2016, he worked with The Piano Guys on their album Uncharted,[17] which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.[18] He also worked with jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg on her 2016 album Bria,[1] which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and her 2017 album With A Twist. He also worked on the album Welcome to Our Christmas Party by holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers, which featured Lady A, Semisonic, Evanescence, Lifehouse, Sugar Ray, 311, and more.[19]

Simone has executive produced television specials for his clients on BBC, HBO, PBS and Cinemax.[20] Currently, DSW Entertainment's client roster includes Mike Love and his touring Beach Boys,[21] Steven Van Zandt, The Piano Guys,[21] Nik Wallenda,[13][12] Desmond Child, Wilson Phillips,[17] Jack Savoretti, and Jimmy Webb.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winston Simone". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  2. ^ Reinartz, Joe (2019-05-31). "The Secret Magicians Of The Music Industry, Part 7: James Diener". CelebrityAccess. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  3. ^ a b c "C. Winston Simone Management". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  4. ^ "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  5. ^ "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  6. ^ "C. Winston Simone". Playbill. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  7. ^ "C. Winston Simone | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  8. ^ Billboard. 1999-11-27.
  9. ^ "Rumor Mill - WARNER MUSIC GROUP ACQUIRES 50% INTEREST IN DESTON SONGS". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  10. ^ Aswad, Jem (2017-12-06). "BMG Moves Aggressively Into Film With Joan Jett, T. Rex, Reggae Documentaries (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  11. ^ Stelter, Brian (2012-06-16). "Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk Is a Ratings Bonanza for ABC". Media Decoder Blog. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  12. ^ a b "Daredevil and his demons". Washington Examiner. 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  13. ^ a b White, Peter (2020-02-21). "'The Bachelor's Chris Harrison & ESPN's Sage Steele To Host ABC Event 'Volcano Live! With Nik Wallenda'". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  14. ^ Malone, Michael (7 June 2019). "Nik Wallenda to Cross Times Square For ABC High-Wire Event". Broadcasting Cable. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  15. ^ "TV Guide Network Orders 'Hollywood Moms Night,' Wilson Phillips Show to Series | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  16. ^ "Wilson Phillips Chronicles Comeback in New Reality Series | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  17. ^ a b c "Winston Simone | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  18. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/418831/piano-guys/chart. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Sony Music Masterworks. "Portrait Records Signs Holiday Supergroup Band Of Merrymakers". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Masterworks. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  20. ^ "Winston Simone". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  21. ^ a b "Promoter 101 # 89 - Live Nation's Omar Al Joulani, and DSW's David Simone". #promoter101. Retrieved 2020-11-20.