David Anderle

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David Anderle
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Anderle next to his painting of Brian Wilson
Background information
Born(1937-07-09)July 9, 1937
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
DiedSeptember 1, 2014(2014-09-01) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s)Record producer

David Anderle (July 9, 1937 – September 1, 2014) was an American portrait artist, talent manager, and record producer best known for his business associations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys during the group's Smile era.


Anderle graduated in June 1955 from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where his schoolmates included Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss, and producer Shel Talmy. In 1964 he began working in A&R at MGM Records, which also owned the Verve label, and convinced the label to sign Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1965. He also worked as the manager of Van Dyke Parks, and helped the Beach Boys establish their own label, Brother Records.[1] Anderle was the first to allege, in print, that the remark "don't fuck with the formula" was spoken by Beach Boy Mike Love.[2]

He moved to Elektra Records in 1968, and worked with such acts as Judy Collins, David Ackles, the Doors and Love. In 1970 he joined A&M Records, working as a staff producer and A&R person for the company set up by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. His production credits include albums for Rita Coolidge, Amy Grant, Delaney and Bonnie, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville, Chris De Burgh, Rhinoceros, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Doc Holliday and the Circle Jerks. At A&M he later took charge of film music, and supervised the music on films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Scrooged. He retired in 1999.[1] Anderle died on September 1, 2014, from cancer at the age of 77.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gallo, Phil (September 2, 2014). "David Anderle, A&R for Frank Zappa, Beach Boys & More, Dies at 77". Billboard.
  2. ^ Love, Mike; Hirsch, James S. (2016). Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. Penguin. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-399-17641-8.

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